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Henry Art Liaisons

We are a group of UW students from multidisciplinary backgrounds, instructed by artist, curator, and writer Berette S. Macaulay. We share a passion for decentralizing art and museum practices and are interested in dismantling structures that are rooted in systems of colonialism, capitalism, and hegemony. In our time interning at the Henry, we have learned to foreground visitor-centered programming and activities in order to create a bridge between you and the art world.

When this program began in Autumn 2020, it was named the Museum Guide Program. Within our weekly salons in Winter 2021, we were asked a series of questions to examine this title, its utility and accessibility to us and the publics we would ultimately serve. We took on the invitation to rename the internship the Henry Art Liaison Program. Rather than centering the institution, the new name centers "art" and our role not as a trained authority, but rather as interlocutor, with visitors who enter the museum space with variable experiences and knowledges.

As Henry Art Liaisons, we are a part of building a program with the aim of establishing precedents of best practices in visitor engagement programming that increase curiosity and inquiry through community access, further enriching an open space of incisive reflexive change. We have been learning to apply these values to building tours and visitor activities in conversation with exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery.

2nd Year HALs:

Huma Ali, Shreya Balaji, Marlowe Barrington, Em Chan, Moe'Neyah Holland, Kathryn Reyes, Asher Stein, Hadi Yusri

Inaugural HAL team:
Cassidy Correia, Devan Kirk, Em Chan, Grace Fletcher, Jessamyn Gilbert, Michelle Ma, Tony Lasley, Sasha Fiona Lavassar-Clinton