Lauren Banquer relocated from Seattle to Providence in October. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of Mississippi, and was also a graduate of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She worked as a Collections Assistant at the University Museum, and a Photographic Collections Assistant at the J.D. Williams Library Archives and Special Collections.
Lauren received her MA from the University of Washington Museology Program in Seattle. She worked at Pacific Science Center, Eastside Heritage Center, the Frye Art Museum, Museum of Pop Culture, and the Burke Museum. Lauren is focused on decolonizing collections management practices. For her thesis, she collaborated with Filipino/a and Filipino/a American community members and Kathy Dougherty, Collections Manager, Oceanic and Asian Culture at the Burke Museum, to develop and implement a collections review process for the Culture Department. Collections reviews are assessments of museum collection objects by source community members. They seek to draw out cultural narratives that have been suppressed by colonial factors, returning authority and knowledge to source community members. The goal was to generate cultural context and reflect a community-driven approach to collections management, particularly in the way information was presented and accessed in the database.
At the Burke Museum in Seattle, WA, Lauren was part of a team that inventoried, rehoused, packed, and moved 60,000 culture collection objects to a new, nearby facility. She is excited to be a part of the Transforming the Haffenreffer Museum Mellon Project and to learn more about archaeological collections. She is also excited to collaborate with local community members and find ways for collections to aid in cultural continuity.