Henry Art Liaisons

Initiated in 2020, the Henry Art Liaison program is a three-quarter credited and paid internship program open to University of Washington students of any major. The program uses the lenses of equity, antiracist museum practices, and collaborative learning to introduce selected Henry Art Liaisons to contemporary art interpretation and community engagement within the museum setting.

Building on the idea that everyone's life and learning can be enriched through dialogue with contemporary art, Henry Art Liaisons receive mentorship and training to lead dynamic, community-centered engagements. With museum tours as the cornerstone of the program, these and other engagements are pathways for school and student groups, intergenerational audiences, and the general public to connect with the concepts and conversations found within the museum’s exhibitions and beyond in the larger arts ecology of Seattle.

While special topics of the year-long program rotate with the Henry’s exhibitions, the core learning outcomes for liaisons include:

  • a foundational understanding of current debates surrounding the role and implications of museums in society,
  • growing art interpretation and visual analysis skills that critically connect visual culture to sociopolitical and personal events,
  • internship-level experience facilitating community-centered museum engagements,
  • behind-the-scenes knowledge of museum operations across departments; and
  • increased public speaking and project execution capabilities through experience and training.

Cohort Statement

*During autumn quarter, each cohort is invited to present a cohort statement outlining their purpose and priorities as Henry Art Liaisons.

“The Henry Art Liaison Program is a diverse, committed, and creative community of young professionals across academic fields and backgrounds who aim to change the face, practice, and future of museums. As Henry Art Liaisons, we aim to connect with visitors from walks of life that are underserved by typical museum programming. We script and lead tours that prioritize conversation and co-creation of knowledge by encouraging visitors to bring in their life experiences, expertise, and emotions about the exhibitions. We want visitors to feel as though they have a valid right to speak about and contribute to the art, exhibitions, and museum based on their personal experiences and interactions with the art and each other.” — 2022-23 Cohort: Shreya Balaji, Em Chan Dickson, Cas Haddad, Fal Iyoab, Jonathan Kwong, Hayden Stern

Annual Projects

Each cohort produces an annual project that extends the boundaries of equity-focused community engagement beyond the walls of the Henry Art Gallery. Annual projects from over the years can be accessed below.

Community Engagement Project | 2022–23 Cohort

Assigned by 2022–23 Programs Manager, Danielle Khleang, the Henry Art Liaisons completed Community Engagement Projects (CEP). The CEP is an opportunity for liaisons to own conceptualizing, planning, and implementing a museum engagement for an affinity group of the liaisons' choosing. Follow the links below to review CEP reports.

Collective Annotated Bibliography | 2020–21 & 2021–22 Cohorts

Assigned by 2020-22 Program Manager, Berette S Macaulay, the first two cohorts of Henry Art Liaisons co-curated an archive of materials and sources as collected annotated bibliographies to help readers think critically about art and museum-related topics. Follow the links below to read all three volumes of the Collective Annotated Bibliography (CAB).


  • Winter & Spring 2023: Shreya Balaji, Em Chan Dickson, Cas Haddad, and Fal Iyoab 
  • Autumn 2022: Shreya Balaji, Em Chan Dickson, Cas Haddad, Fal Iyoab, Jonathan Kwong, and Hayden Stern
    • Program Manager: Danielle Khleang
  • 2021-22: Huma Ali, Shreya Balaji, Marlowe Barrington, Em Chan, Moe'Neyah Holland, Kathryn Reyes, Asher Stein, Hadi Yusri
    • Program Manager: Berette S Macaulay
  • Inaugural Henry Art Liaison Cohort: Cassidy Correia, Devan Kirk, Em Chan, Grace Fletcher, Jessamyn Gilbert, Michelle Ma, Tony Lasley, Sasha Fiona Lavassar-Clinton
    • Program Manager: Berette S Macaulay