Episode 68: Access Means Overcoming Psychological Barriers, Too

Matthias Waschek, Executive Director of the Worcester Art Museum, says truly accessible museums create experiences that make visitors want to return. In doing so they must challenge institutional norms to welcome and engage more diverse populations.

Matthias WaschekMatthias Waschek joined the Worcester Art Museum in 2011 as the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Director. German born, he earned his Ph.D. from Bonn University, working on French art in the age of Colonialism. He has published extensively in the areas of French art nouveau and the history of art history. His curatorial experience spans from old masters to contemporary art.

Before his appointment in Worcester in 2011, he was the second Executive Director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in Saint Louis, MO, an institution that is tasked to help rebuild the Grand Center neighborhood via art initiatives, in and outside the building. Prior to moving to the States, served as the Head of Academic Programs at the Louvre Museum in Paris. In that role, he was responsible for all international lecture series and symposia, as well as some of the publications that ensued.

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