20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street) Providence, RI 02903

Open today 10 am–5 pm


Today is August 14, 2018. Open today 10 am–5 pm

What We Carried

June 16, 2018, 10 – 11:30 am
Museum Galleries
  • Arnoldmk Shoes

Courtesy of Mary-Kim Arnold.

This workshop invites adult adoptees and other interested participants to select, contextualize, and interpret objects of personal significance.

At the center of an adoptee’s narrative is the question of legitimacy. Museums offer legitimacy to everyday objects through institutional practices and status. Each participant will be invited to bring in one object which, through reason of adoption or other displacement, holds personal significance. We will discuss the ways in which museums collect, interpret, and present the objects and artifacts in their collections, and then apply these principles to our own personal items. Participants will write their own interpretive texts and objects will be photographed and shared online.

The workshop is free, but limited to 15 participants. Advance registration is required.

This program is developed and facilitated by Mary-Kim Arnold.

Register now

Registration closes May 25.

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.