Mike currently serves as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, and is the founding editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com. He earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning. Prior to his position at the Portland Art Museum, he served as Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum as well as coordinator of education and public programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis.
Mike is a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums, and project advisor for OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative based out of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities. Mike is proud to be the co-founder of the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral campaign aimed at erasing the myth of museum neutrality and demanding our institutions act as agents of change. Through a t-shirt campaign and ongoing social media dialogue, #MuseumsAreNotNeutral has engaged millions of people across the globe and raised funds to support the work of social justice organizations in the United States.Back to Manifesto