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Trauma-informed practice in museums with Jackie Armstrong

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Today I’m talking to Jackie Armstrong, Associate Educator Visitor Research and Experience at MoMA in New York, about trauma-informed practice in museums.

We’re exploring trauma-informed practice in museums, what it is, what it looks like and how museums can implement it into their culture and into their programming. 

We discuss MoMA’s Artful Practices for Well-Being initiative, which offers trauma-informed programming and experiences.

Jackie also shares insights on MoMA’s slow looking programme and provides advice on adopting trauma-informed practices in your work.

Content warning: please note that this episode contains brief references to sensitive topics. Please take care when listening.


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Articles on museums and trauma-informed practice:

Museums Must Become More Trauma-Informed

3 Trauma-Informed Practices for Museums to Follow

How Explorations of Art, Trauma-Informed Principles, and Contemplative Practices Can Come Together to Support Well-Being and Nervous System Regulation

Mentioned in this episode:

Dr Peter Levine Somatic Experiencing

Dr. Karen Treisman’s book “A Treasure Box for Creating Trauma-informed Organizations: A Ready-to-Use Resource for Trauma, Adversity, and Culturally Informed, Infused and Responsive Systems” for trauma-informed principles and values

Artful Practices for Well-Being

Dr Glenn Patrick Doyle on Twitter