Building the Participatory Museum

Building the Participatory Museum


May 20 2021
, 7PM- 8PM

JMM 2021 Annual Meeting

Recorded on May 20, 2021

4 color photographs of visitors participating in programs at the Museum against a light blue solid background.

Links and Resources Shared During the Program:

You can learn more about Preserving the Present here:

You can learn more about how to get involved with our current Collecting Initiatives here:

You can learn more about in the absence of a proper mourning here –

You can find grief support here:

You can explore Liora’s artwork further here –

Join us as we reflect upon how the Jewish Museum of Maryland has adapted to our new world over the last year and demonstrate some of the ways we plan to translate the lessons learned into museum practice in the future.

We will enact the qualities of a participatory museum as we explore stories gathered in various media from members of our community. The stories shared will range from insights into the lives of ancestors, to our collective current experience and visions for the future. Throughout the evening we will pause together for moments of reflection accompanied by live music.

The program will begin at 7:00pm with a presentation of the FY21 slate of nominees to the JMM’s Board of Trustees for election by the Museum’s membership. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to join the JMM team in a live zoom meeting for a chance to connect and explore our exhibits, shop and more.

This program will also stream live on our Facebook page.

About the Performer:

Ira Khonen Temple is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and cultural worker. Recent credits include accordionist for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and music director of Indecent at the Weston Playhouse. Ira was a founder of the radical-traditional Yiddish music group Tsibele, and for the last five years music directed New York’s biggest and most spectacular purimshpil, with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

About the Artist:

Liora Ostroff (she/her) is a Baltimore-based painter. Her work explores themes such as queerness, Jewishness, violence, and the idiosyncrasies of life in Baltimore. She has exhibited work in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee, and has been published in Protocols. Her community at Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl nourishes her art practice and has inspired her to explore Jewish notions of justice and art via collaborative writing and performance. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in painting.

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