For researchers and academics in all disciplines, a Curatorial Dream workshop offers the challenge of translating scholarly work into an engaging visual, and sometimes aural, exhibition. Finding a key message, expressing the ambiguity and complexity that are the hallmark of scholarship, choosing specific images, objects and spaces, considering a target audience, exploring methodology, and a finding an appealing title are tasks that structure this workshop. A Curatorial Dream workshop is both humbling and emboldening for academics.
For scholars, a Curatorial Dream workshop is an opportunity to practice –and try out — public scholarship. Curatorial Dream workshops offer an opportunity to present history in public, to address controversial or divisive issues, and to seek wide-ranging solutions to pressing social concerns.