The Museology Program partners with other institutions and programs to advance the relevance and effectiveness of museums and museum professionals. Examples of special initiatives include.
The American Alliance of Museums' Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition recognizes outstanding and innovative label writing in museums, zoos, aquariums, universities and libraries. The Museology Program is pleased to partner with John Russick, director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum, to organize and manage the competition for the third year in 2015. Each year one Museology student is selected to coordinate the review process in collaboration with the committee.
Museums & Social Issues, a peer-reviewed journal published by Maney Publishing and founded by Kris Morrissey, provides a forum for considering and discussing social issues and the engagement of museums in those issues. Each issue, available in print and online, focuses on a specific theme and includes theoretical, philosophical and practical perspectives from inside and outside the museum field. Past issues have dealt with a range of topics such as immigration, race, public understanding of evolution, losing touch with nature, civic discourse, etc.
Specialization in Museum Evaluation prepares a new generation of evaluators and museum practitioners, through an innovative apprentice-styled laboratory that integrates the strengths of mentoring, fieldwork, academics, and client-centered experiences. Led by University of Washington’s Museology Program, and joined by key advisors from the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle's local evalution field, New Directions is a succesfful model of university and community collaboration.
The Emerging Curator Initiative is a collaborative venture shared between the Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) in Kirkland, WA and the Museology Graduate Program to provide a museology graduate student with the opportunity to plan and execute an exhibition hosted in the KAC Gallery as the focus of the student’s master’s project. Once selected, the student works closely with representatives of both organizations to shape their concept, define their inquiry, and connect that framework to artwork that expresses it. This collaboration provides a bridge between the academic and professional world and creates an educational experience that benefits the “emerging” student curator, regional artists, and the public.