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>The Gift Horse Game with Monica Montgomery

Sunday, April 28, 2019

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.

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Join us for an afternoon of civic engagement with Monica Montgomery, Founding Director of the Museum of Impact.

The Gift Horse Game is a social experiment around the fate and futures of contested monuments, illustrating how inaction can be a reaction. This game helps you explore how you might react to an unexpected offer.

The Mayor asks the Museum to accession a 1920s era statue honoring a slave owner. What will happen?

The player makes a series of choices to get across the board. Along the way, the player gains artifacts of their journey. At the conclusion, the player reflects on their actions and the subsequent consequences. At each floor sign, choose what happens next. Go to the circle indicated after your chosen action. Keep going until you have no more choices to make. At each choice, imagine how would you feel? Pick up artifacts of reactions to your actions as you pass them. Inaction is a form of reaction! This scenario illustrates museums cannot stay neutral while society is rapidly shifting. Illustrate how your solution looks. (Get creative drawing museums proposed sculpture, statue, exhibit or socially-engaged art piece).

Monica Montgomery is a cultural entrepreneur, curating media, museums, and memory to enhance creative inspiration. Monica is the Founding Director of the Museum of Impact leading MOI in working within communities to amplify grassroots movements, at the intersection of art and activism thru a creative lens. As a museum anarchist, she remixes the museum experience, interpreting diversity, creativity, and community, to bridge past and present through the lens of legacy. Her thought leadership converges at the intersection of public programs, visitor experience, marketing and arts administration. She believes museums should be in service to society, and she speaks and consults with institutions along the eastern seaboard, and currently serves as the Executive Director at Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center.


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