Mike Murawski 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.
He has served as a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums and a project advisor for OF/BY/FOR ALL global movement helping cultural organizations grow more deeply connected to their communities.
Mike recently joined the Editorial Board for smARTplaces EU developing their Cultural Manifesto about digital activities in the cultural sector. He is also a co-creator with LaTanya Autry of the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral t-shirt and social media campaign aimed at erasing the myth of museum neutrality and demanding institutions act as agents of change.
Outside of his museum work, Mike is an illustrator and co-founder of Super Nature Adventures LLC working to connect kids and families with nature in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and is training to run his first ultramarathon this year.
Mike Murawski has spoken at a MuseumNext both in the United States and Europe.
Film: Mike Murawski asks how we can start an empathy revolution in museums?
Film: Houselessness – A Museum Responds
Article: How can you measure the social impact of museums and celebrate the successes of programs and initiatives?