12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

A Practice of Inclusion

Corey Timpson, Museum Consultant
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About the Keynote Session


Over the past 20 years, Corey Timpson has worked on a number of museum projects across the country and around the world, from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, to the M+ Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong, to the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. No matter the nature of the projects - from capital design-builds to educational programming, exhibition development to digital media design, collections management to community engagement, evaluation and capacity building to museum administration - Corey has continually focussed his work through a perpetually evolving and deepening inclusive design methodology.

In his plenary, Corey will explore how museums can position themselves to welcome the widest possible audiences, why this is relevant to museum professionals, and how museums thinking inclusively can realize the strategic outcomes of building meaningful engagement among audiences while ensuring sustainable practices that protect and evolve the trust relationship museums have with the public they serve.


About the Keynote Speaker

Corey Timpson is an active collaborator and thought leader in the experience design and inclusive museological discourses within the cultural sector.

As Vice President, Exhibition, Research, and Design, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Corey was responsible for the direction and oversight of exhibition programs, research and curation, design and production across all media, digital platforms and emerging technology, and collections and commissioning. As the project director for the design-build of the CMHR, his focus was on collecting and interpreting difficult knowledge and presenting it through a multi-sensory, inclusive, transmedia storytelling approach. Corey also championed the creation of and directed the museum's internationally recognized inclusive design and accessibility practices.

Prior to his role at the Human Rights Museum, Corey led the design and architecture teams, and the Virtual Museum Labs Program, at the Canadian Heritage Information Network, working on projects of digital innovation with over 50 cultural institutions internationally.

Now operating as a consultant in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe, Corey's clients include the Obama Foundation & Obama Presidential Center, Walt Disney Imagineering, Meow Wolf, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Canada's Museums of Science and Technology, M+ Museum of Visual Culture Kowloon, Musée national de la Marine Paris, Canadian Museum of Nature, Cleveland Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, California Science Center, The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, MEET Digital Cultural Center Milano, and the Smithsonian Institution, among many others. Corey is the co-chair of the American Alliance of Museum's Media and Technology Professional Network, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for Europe's Best in Heritage.

Having now collaborated with over 80 museums internationally, Corey's primary focus is to facilitate meaningful experiences among audiences (on-site and online) through mixed-media, digital technology, multi-sensory and inclusive, dialogic design. Emphasizing museological due diligence, his design leadership has accounted for over 30 international awards in the fields of environmental, exhibition, and graphic design, digital and interactive media, digital systems design, film and linear media, and universal design.





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