We are thrilled to announce that the ARCS 2022 Virtual Conference Keynote Speaker is Lisa Sasaki, Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Her session, "Food for Thought: Building a New Smithsonian Museum Collection" is on the first day of the conference: December 5, 2022.
Here’s some food for thought: Imagine that you could start a new museum from scratch. What would you do differently? How would you reimagine the museum’s collections if you didn’t have legacy objects – or legacy practices – to wrestle? Join Lisa Sasaki, interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, as she tells the tale of how the newest Smithsonian museum is being developed after it was authorized by Congress in December 2020…and how the museum plans to shift paradigms around collecting, shared stewardship, data management, and collections management in the process.
Lisa Sasaki is currently the interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. Prior to this appointment, she was the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, which brings the Asian Pacific American stories to communities through innovative museum experiences. Sasaki has worked in the museum field for more than 25 years for organizations like the Oakland Museum of California and the Japanese American National Museum. She also served as President of the Western Museums Association’s Board of Directors and as a member of AAM’s Facing Change working group, the Center for the Future of Museum’s Horizon Initiative steering committee, and the Advisory Council for the Council of Jewish American Museums.