My name is Julianna, and I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I received a Bachelor’s in History and in Art History in 2019 from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, I am working on a Master’s degree in Art History as well as a certificate in Art Museum Education at the University of North Texas.
As an undergraduate student, I was a part of the university’s crew team, and I have been an avid rower ever since. Based on the degrees that I have, I am sure that it is evident that I love art. Still, I am also a huge fan of Broadway shows, comic books, science fiction, and bad reality TV. When I am not on the water, in a museum, or writing papers for school, I love staying at home with my partner and my dog, snuggling up with a good book, and baking my heart out!
My dream job is to work as an educator at an art museum. I am interested in creating accessible and inclusive programming so that everyone, regardless of ability, race, or socioeconomic status, feels included and welcomed into the museum space. I think that sometimes museums give off the impression of being unwelcoming, as though they are only for a particular group of people. In my work, I want to fight that notion and work to assert the art museum as a place meant for all members of the community.
I may be a bit biased since it is the museum that I grew up with, but my favorite place in the world is the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). The DMA was the museum that first made me fall in love with art and art history. In addition to this personal connection I share with the institution, the DMA has an inspiring program working with students on the autism spectrum as well as other access programs for people with dementia and for those who are visually impaired. The DMA has really inspired me as I learn just what art museum education is and what it can potentially become.
I think that the most significant issue facing girls today is a lack of intersectional representation of girlhood in the media in which they consume. There is already a severe lack of representation of young girls and their complexities and what is shown is often not a diverse portrayal of all of the kinds of girls that exist. I want to see girls of different races, cultures, sizes, and abilities represented. I want more people who fit these identities to be in the writer’s room, making this representation happen so that every girl can find someone that she identifies within the media that she consumes. There is not just one type of girl, and girls should be empowered to be anything and anyone that they want to be.
I am so excited to work with Girl Museum as a curatorial intern as we continue to celebrate girlhood!
Girl Museum Inc.