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24th May 2016 Verity Sanderson

Monica Montgomery

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Monica O. Montgomery is an international speaker, graduate professor, museum director and cultural entrepreneur, curating media and museums to be in service to society. She is a winner of the 2016 Arts Entrepreneurship Award from Fractured Atlas. She is the co-founder and Strategic Director of Museum Hue a multicultural collective advancing professionals of colour, in arts, culture, museums and creative economy. Her work with Museum Hue includes speaking to students and career changers, training cultural leaders and HR staff, and partnering with universities and institutions to facilitate diversity staffing, pipelines to leadership, equity & inclusion initiatives, job fairs, town halls, tours and talks. Additionally she organises with Museums Workers Speak, leading the collective nationally and locally in social media, membership recruitment and external affairs to promote inclusion, parity and thriving wages careers in museums.

Monica directs two community museums at opposite ends of the contemporary and historic spectrum. She makes history come alive as Executive Director of the Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum; remixing the museum experience by interpreting the maker movement, STEAM, and community connections. The Latimer house champions Museum Anarchy through the lens of Latimer’s legacy of Black History and cultural achievement. She curates the current as the Founding Director of the Museum of Impact (MOI) the first mobile social justice museum at the intersection of art and activism. MOI’s inaugural exhibit ‘Movement Is Rising: Journey of #BlackLivesMatter’ is travelling the eastern seaboard popping up in community spaces and encyclopedic institutions like Brooklyn Museum. The exhibit transforms visitors from bystander to Upstander and collects oral histories and stories via the Activist Love Letters™  transmedia project .

Monica is an alumna of Temple University with a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communication and LaSalle University, with a Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication. She is an adjunct professor with Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. She has presented at New York University, American University, Pratt Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Marymount Manhattan College, City College of NY among others and she holds leadership positions in New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, U.S Department of Arts & Culture and the Talent Philanthropy Network. She is a dynamic empowerment speaker, educator and facilitator who can connect with all ages and keynoted at conferences throughout Europe and America.