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Today I will be giving a talk at St. John's University on the design process of the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the ...
04/26/2022

Today I will be giving a talk at St. John's University on the design process of the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the Smithsonian. It is the first Smithsonian gallery dedicated to Latinx history and culture. It starts at 2 PM in the Yeh Art Gallery on the Queen's campus.

We are saddened by the news of Hiram Maristany passing. His work is part of the new Smithsonian Latino Gallery. He gener...
03/14/2022

We are saddened by the news of Hiram Maristany passing. His work is part of the new Smithsonian Latino Gallery. He generously gave us permission to use "Kite Flying on Rooftop, 1964" The photo shown here is during installation.

More on our soon to open new project. Nuestro mas reciente proyecto que habrirá pronto.https://latino.si.edu/gallery
02/14/2022
Molina Family Latino Gallery

More on our soon to open new project.

Nuestro mas reciente proyecto que habrirá pronto.
https://latino.si.edu/gallery

As the Smithsonian’s first gallery dedicated to Latino contributions to the United States, the Molina Family Latino Gallery serves as the preview of the National Museum of the American Latino.

Telemundo broadcasted a news clip about ¡Pleibol! Our most recent exhibit design project. Glad to see Latinx media givin...
07/02/2021
Así el Museo Nacional de Historia Americana rinde homenaje a peloteros latinos

Telemundo broadcasted a news clip about ¡Pleibol! Our most recent exhibit design project. Glad to see Latinx media giving museums exposure. It should help in attracting a larger Latinx audience to museums.
It was a pleasure to work for Margaret Salazar-Porzio and Robin Morey, the curators for the exhibit and with the wonderful team at NMAH Smithsonian.
https://www.telemundo.com/noticias/noticias-telemundo-mediodia/cultura/video/asi-el-museo-nacional-de-historia-americana-rinde-homenaje-peloteros-latinos-tmvo9881035

Este viernes inicia la exhibición denominada '¡Pleibol! En los Barrios y las Grandes Ligas’, que destaca el papel de los jugadores latinos en el béisbol estadounidense y su aporte en este popular juego. Aquí los detalles.

Super excited to see the exhibit we worked on over the pandemic finally open. https://americanhistory.si.edu/latinos-and...
06/29/2021
¡Pleibol! exhibit

Super excited to see the exhibit we worked on over the pandemic finally open.
https://americanhistory.si.edu/latinos-and-baseball/pleibol-exhibit?fbclid=IwAR1dsJvyvRUwNIqhrJGZ5SXHQhGo1XHi-4eAvsM6r4ZyxAG-P_5UCzw18tI

¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas will take visitors on a journey into the heart and history of U.S. Latino baseball. The extraordinary stories of Latinas/os alongside the artifacts of their remarkable lives, demonstrates the historic role that baseba...

Along with the exhibit in the National Museum of American History we also design a traveling banner exhibit. This effort...
05/06/2021
New exhibit at El Pueblo History Museum showcases Latinos' impact on baseball in the U.S.

Along with the exhibit in the National Museum of American History we also design a traveling banner exhibit. This effort extends the audience reach of the exhibit. Museum Environments worked with SITES Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Services to produce this easy transport exhibit.
https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/new-exhibit-at-el-pueblo-history-museum-showcases-latinos-impact-on-baseball-in-the-u-s?_amp=true&fbclid=IwAR341mq_tupS-2TvCZdejp-edb6ldp_u_mphNuQNy7HtYk1kP0Cw1hXm0ow

The El Pueblo History Museum is hitting a home run with its new exhibit.

More press on our project. This article focuses on the inclusive design dimension of the gallery. Eduardo Diaz from the ...
04/06/2021
A Better Design for All: the Molina Family Latino Gallery - Inform Magazine

More press on our project. This article focuses on the inclusive design dimension of the gallery. Eduardo Diaz from the Smithsonian Latino Center led this effort. If this gallery is about celebrating diversity and inclusion, it is only right that we put the extra effort in providing access for everyone who visits the gallery.
https://inform-magazine.com/a-better-design-for-all-the-molina-family-latino-gallery/

The Smithsonian's new Molina Family Latino Gallery is designed to present content effectively to a broad audience.

You are invited to our webinar on design for a diverse audience. Register now: https://bit.ly/3f2TsyJ This Thursday at 1...
03/24/2021
"Diversity in Design: Why We Need New Perspectives" - Kristin Elliott

You are invited to our webinar on design for a diverse audience.
Register now: https://bit.ly/3f2TsyJ
This Thursday at 12 P.M. EDT, Mariano Desmaras, Dean Watanabe, & Ana Hernandez share why it’s critical to explore different ideas & perspectives to create more welcoming experiences for your changing audiences. Register now: https://bit.ly/3f2TsyJ

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Community Conversations webinar

It is a great program with excellent participants. https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-latino-center-announ...
02/17/2021
Smithsonian Latino Center Announces Expansion of Latino Museum Studies Program

It is a great program with excellent participants.
https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-latino-center-announces-expansion-latino-museum-studies-program?fbclid=IwAR2_fiQ9ApxFyDFzK19SljvtHpVEqin1px-c01B7b6OMSAWGusb-EoTMxm0

The Smithsonian Latino Center announced plans to expand its internship and fellowship programs, launch a postdoctoral fellowship and consolidate them under its Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) brand. A new $2.1 million grant, provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support the paid und...

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12/28/2020

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12/28/2020

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Excited to see progress, here is the sign (still in the shop) for our new exhibit at the National Museum of American His...
12/01/2020

Excited to see progress, here is the sign (still in the shop) for our new exhibit at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. ¡Pleibol In the Barrios and the Big Leagues/En los barrios y las grandes ligas” Coming this spring 2021!

We wish to invite you to our "Webinar- Designing the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Gallery"  at the National Museum...
11/09/2020
Webinar- Designing the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Gallery | AIA|DC

We wish to invite you to our "Webinar- Designing the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Gallery" at the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution. It is sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center and La Idea, of the American Insitute of Architects DC. La Idea is group within the AIA of designers of Latin American heritage. The focus will be on the design of the gallery. You will need to register here:
https://www.aiadc.com/event/webinar-designing-smithsonian-latino-center’s-molina-gallery

Date Tuesday, November 10 2020 Time 6:00pm-8:00pm Location Webinar Our inaugural Virtual session of LA.IDEA Design Series will be focused on the design and vision of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Family Latino Gallery – the first national Latino gallery on the National Mall – at the N...

The Construction wall graphic announcing the new Molina Family Latino Gallery. ME is responsible for its exhibit design.
09/25/2019

The Construction wall graphic announcing the new Molina Family Latino Gallery. ME is responsible for its exhibit design.

09/19/2019

Looking for Museum Professional versed in BlockChain for an AAM session proposal
I'm putting together a session for the Time Portals sessions, organized by the Elizabeth Merrit from Center for the Future of Museums. I wish to present the future of museums through the concept of the BlockChain Museum. I believe BlockChain or similar technologies will change the nature of institutions. In the near future, interest groups will organize via BlockChain contracts and produce exhibits and programs in the manner of museums minus the institution, because it will be radically re-organized in the BlockChain.

This will allow for under-represented communities to network and de-colonize wealth in favor of their communities. I could imagine a scene in 2040 where a network of Latinx cultural stakeholders (or other minority groups) have learned to channel resources to empower themselves without the need of institutional brand because the BlockChain's smart contracts secure trust through the transparency guaranteed by smart-contracts that specifiy transactional requirements, benchmarks and goals.

I’m looking for additional partners, please email to [email protected]. Naturally, If you have any experience with BlockChain it would be especially useful.
Regards Mariano Desmaras

09/19/2019

Looking for Museum Professional versed in BlockChain for an AAM Session proposal: I'm putting together a session for the Time Portals sessions, organized by the Elizabeth Merrit from Center for the Future of Museums. I wish to present the future of museums through the concept of the BlockChain Museum. I believe BlockChain or similar technologies will change the nature of institutions. In the near future, interest groups will organize via BlockChain contracts and produce exhibits and programs in the manner of museums minus the institution, because it will be radically re-organized in the BlockChain.

This will allow for under-represented communities to network and de-colonize wealth in favor of their communities. I could imagine a scene in 2040 where a network of Latinx cultural stakeholders (or other minority groups) have learned to channel resources to empower themselves without the need of institutional brand because the BlockChain's smart contracts secure trust through the transparency guaranteed by smart-contracts that specifiy transactional requirements, benchmarks and goals.

I’m looking for additional partners, please email to [email protected]. Naturally, If you have any experience with BlockChain it would be especially useful.
Regards Mariano Desmaras

Gay Pride in Battery Park
06/30/2019

Gay Pride in Battery Park

This is not Latino museum news but it is an important development.https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regen...
05/28/2019
Smithsonian Regents Name Lonnie Bunch 14th Smithsonian Secretary

This is not Latino museum news but it is an important development.
https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regents-name-lonnie-bunch-14th-smithsonian-secretary

The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announced today it elected Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum...

A big deal and awesome newshttps://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regents-name-lonnie-bunch-14th-smithsonian-s...
05/28/2019
Smithsonian Regents Name Lonnie Bunch 14th Smithsonian Secretary

A big deal and awesome news
https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regents-name-lonnie-bunch-14th-smithsonian-secretary

The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announced today it elected Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum...

The ME booth at the Museum Association of New York conference in Cooperstown - connecting with the upstate museums.
04/16/2019

The ME booth at the Museum Association of New York conference in Cooperstown - connecting with the upstate museums.

Roberto Clements cap at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
04/10/2019

Roberto Clements cap at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Directors and the election of two members to their second terms.

Newly elected board members are Mariano Desmarás (Museum Environments), Michael Galban (Ganondagan State Historic Site), Lara Litchfield-Kimber (Mid-Hudson Children's Museum), and Emily Martz ( Great Camp Sagamore). Peter Hyde (Peter Hyde Design) and Georgette Grier-Key (Eastville Community Historical Society) have been re-elected to their second terms, bringing the total board size to 23.

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