Making Change Happen with Mike Murawski


Are you a passionate advocate for change, yet frustrated by the barriers you face within your institution?

Taking place at WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting, in Portland, Oregon, Making Change Happen is a small group session facilitated by Mike Murawski (author of Museums as Agents of Change), geared toward helping you map out and navigate your barriers, connect with other amazing changemakers, and gain practical strategies and tools to power up your own change practice.

All participants will need to complete a short questionnaire in advance of the session, and everyone receives a “Making Change Happen” workbook.

With limited space, only those who registered for WMA's Annual Meeting by the Early Bird Deadline, August 5, 2022, had the opportunity to sign up for this workshop. Registration for Making Change Happen is now closed.

Let’s step up, embrace our role as changemakers, and build a better future for museums—starting right now!


Making Change Happen Sessions 

  • Participants will attend a single, 60-minute session on one of three Annual Meeting days:
    • Friday, October 7 – Session 1 (SOLD OUT)
    • Saturday, October 8 – Session 2
    • Sunday, October 9 – Session 3
  • Each session will be limited to 12 participants, making it easier to connect and share information with one another.
  • Museum professionals from all levels (entry-level to senior) are welcome. However, there is an emphasis on those who are early career professionals, are new to the field, or find themselves in a new career position.
  • In order to register for a session, all participants will be asked to complete a short pre-workshop Google Form (2-3 questions max) on the change they are personally struggling within their museum work and the barriers they are currently facing. This would allow us to jump right into change strategies and practical solutions in our short session.
  • During the session, participants will be given a "Making Change Happen" workbook to use and help reflect on the lessons learned.
  • At the end of the session, participants will be invited to share their contact information with other participants, so they can continue to check-in and support each other throughout their work.
  • Cost $40 per person


About Mike Murawski

Murawski-MuseumsAreNotNeutral.jpg"What would it take to get your organization to acknowledge wrongdoing and make amends?" – Mike Murawski

A museum consultant, change leader, and educator, Mike Murawski is passionate about transforming museums, cultural institutions, and non-profits to become more equitable and community-centered. After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, he brings his personal core values of deep listening, collective care, and healing practice into the work that he leads within organizations and communities.

Mike is currently the co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. Since 2011, he has also served as Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching, a collaborative online forum reflecting on critical issues in museums. Mike’s new book entitled Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker is now available through Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

He previously served as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Mike has also served as a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums; and First Wave Project Advisor for the OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities. Mike earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on gender in curriculum development and interdisciplinary learning.


Registration for Making Change Happen is now closed.