A panel discussion hosted by George Ciscle with Melani N. Douglas and Robin Lynne Marquis

Saturday, November 2
12- 2 pm
Hamiltonian: 1353 U Street, NW
Open to all. RSVP required. Click here to RSVP. Lunch provided.

Who is our Audience? will discuss diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in the art world. How can curators, artists and educators consider DEAI in the important work they commit themselves to? Panelists will provide best practice models followed by shared experiences and conversation from the audience.



Melani N. Douglass, NMWA’s Director of Public Programs, heads the groundbreaking Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC) initiative. At NMWA, Douglass is cultivating a network of artists, curators, collectors, journalists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers who understand the power of art to shape and transform society. Through long-range planning and strategic community engagement rooted in strong community partnerships, she is expanding the impact and reach of NMWA’s public program initiatives.

Prior to her position at NMWA, Douglass established founded the Family Arts Museum, a nomadic institution that celebrates and documents family as fine art, home as curated space and community as gallery. Douglass has over ten years of experience engaging communities through the arts. Douglass holds a Master of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Robin Lynne Marquis (they/them) is a gender queer, disabled, white, fiber artist and facilitator, with over 15 years of experience building deep relationships to foster creative collaborations, dynamic programs and intersectional inclusive spaces. Marquis works at Access Smithsonian as the Project & Community Outreach Coordinator and at the Peale Center as the Accessibility Coordinator while providing consulting on accessibility in arts organizations across Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C.


George Ciscle was the founder and director of The Contemporary, an “un-museum,” which challenges existing conventions for exhibiting art in temporary non-traditional sites. In 1996 he introduced and taught Maryland Institute of Art's Exhibition Development Seminar until 2008 and from 1997-2017 served as Curator-in-Residence, consulting on the development of community-based and public programming concentrating on exploring new models for connecting art, artists, and audiences. From 2011 -16 Ciscle founded and directed the new MFA in Curatorial Practice.