The Ontario Museum Association has presented the Excellence in Emerging Museum Practice Award to the founders of the Museum Professionals of Colour at the University of Toronto for their work to advance advocacy, social justice focus and anti-racism in the museum field. MPOC at UofT aims to make the Master of Museum Studies program and the museum field amore diverse and inclusive space for underrepresented people.
MPOC founders – Megan Sue-Chue-Lam, Dominica Tang, Denise Tenio, and Chloé Houde – all describe themselves as settlers. They graduated in the spring of 2021.
The outgoing Treasurer of MPOC, Megan, who is of Chinese descent, works in programming and education at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Lakeshore Arts. Her current focus is learning about how to centre BIPOC and other minoritized perspectives in the arts and culture sector through community engagement and relationship-building.
Dominica, who is also of Chinese descent and was MPOC’s Administrative Coordinator, now works at Scarborough Museum as part of a team of historical interpreters who center and serve Scarborough’s diverse communities. In June, she launched “Kiin Awiiya Jiibaakwe: Everyone Is Cooking,” a collaborative online exhibit about cooking, relations, and care with a focus on Anishinaabe foodways.
Denise, who is of Filipino-Chinese descent and the outgoing Outreach Coordinator of MPOC,spent two years teaching English in South Korea before pursuing her Museum Studies degree. She is currently completing an internship at the Royal Ontario Museum in the Art & Culture department as a Curatorial Assistant. Along with a group of student curators, she opened an exhibition in June entitled The Lengths We Go: Reflections on Hair with the Museums of Mississauga.
Chloé, who is of French-Canadian descent and the outgoing Communications Coordinator of MPOC, now works at the Myseum of Toronto, where she creates digital content focusing on lesser-known local histories. She recently co-curated an exhibition for Lambton House, titled AGNES: Illustrating Canadian Wildflowers and Plant Life, about a 19th century botanical illustrator. Chloé has a background in public history and has developed a keen interest in interpretive planning and exhibition development.