2023 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall

Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, author of Decolonizing Design: A Cultural Justice Guidebook, and an organizational design catalyst and executive coach. A recognized leader in the decolonization of art and design education, she received the 2022 Sir Misha Black Award for Distinguished Service to Design Education as well as the inaugural BADG of Honour for Design Education from the Black Artists and Designers Guide.    With a global career, Dori served as the Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Canada, where she was the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design anywhere. She was an Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

Anna Lisa Escobedo

Anna Lisa Escobedo is a visual artist, muralist, artivist, event producer, cultural worker, and networker. She was born in LA and has resided in SF since 2008. She has worked on numerous art projects and for community-based organizations in the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area. Her work encompasses a range of visual, literary, and multicultural art projects, including the mural restoration of The Women’s Building “Maestrapeace” mural. In 2014, she co-founded Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, served as a board member for the non-profit, and chaired the Cultural Arts and Assets Committee. She worked closely with various art-based non-profit organizations. For the last four years, she was the Senior Manager for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), led the fellowship programs shepherded the San Francisco Creative Corps program, and advised on the SF Guaranteed Income. She works towards creating pathways and belonging for inclusivity, safety, excitement, and storytelling. AnnaLisaEscobedo.com  | IG: @rockin.lisa

Escobedo is the Community Engagement Director for New Monuments Taskforce. New Monuments Taskforce is a fantastical municipal agency engaged in the dialogue, design and development of Bay Area Monuments and Memorials. Led by a collaborative team of artists, activists, designers and cultural workers, NMT strives to broaden public understanding of local monuments and advise relative civic agencies on the removal, redesign or retention of SF’s statuary symbols. We create space for radical research, critical conversations, political engagement and monument prototyping through artistic initiatives ranging from publications, to workshops, to exhibitions, to public art interventions. We work with public art agencies and institutions to draw out potential connections, complex motifs and timely entry points for further action. NewMonumentsTaskforce.org | IG: @newmonumentstaskforce

The Association for Art Museum Interpretation (AAMI) meets annually to share best practices and experiences. Formerly known as the Interpretive Planners Group, the AAMI annual meeting includes two days of professional development, connection, and fun.

Our in-person convenings typically include two days of interdisciplinary panels, presentations, in-gallery exploration, and roundtable discussions addressing many of our field’s most pressing issues: establishing shared language, advocating for our work, and supporting self-care and professional development. Rapid-fire case study presentations will spark your imagination and topical roundtable conversations will provide you with new perspectives on old problems.

Questions? Please email artmuseuminterpretation@gmail.com.

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