published: 2017-11-13 22:03:33
As the director of a small museum, Jody Crago has a passion for connecting people to the places where they live. He talks about how, in our seemingly disposable world of things, some of our everyday objects can reveal hidden connections to ourselves, other people and the world, as well as a time and place in history. He asks that we all listen to the stories these objects can tell us.
Jody has a 25-year career in museums with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Penn State and a Master of Arts in American History from the University of Delaware. He is co-founder of the East Valley Cultural Heritage Coalition, serves on the American Association for State and Local History’s National Leadership Awards Committee and is a former president of the Museum Association of Arizona. He is currently overseeing the construction of a new museum for Chandler that will bring world-class exhibits, forums and experiences to the community he loves.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx Jody grew up in the small Northwest Pennsyvania town of Meadville, PA best known for the zipper, Channellocks, and Sharon Stone. He is the Museum Administrator for the City of Chandler. During his 25 year career in museums, he has had the pleasure of working in Pennsylvanbia, Delaware, Maryland, Indiana, Illinios and Arizona focused on small museums and their connection to their community. He has sperheaded two new museum construction prpjects that increased the size of both organizations by three times. His “Museum Without Walls” focus fundamentally changed he way his institution engaged with its community. He co-created the online resource ChandlerpediA which has quickly become a digital humanities resource for Chandler and the surrounding East Valley of Phoenix. He is a co-founder of the East Valley Cultural Heritage Coalition in Phoenix, AZ, which seeks to change the business model for heritage organizations. He is a former President of the Museum Association of Phoenix. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx