The Washington County Museum is thrilled to announce that Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk will join the Washington County Museum this January to become caretaker of the museum’s vast collection of historical objects and archival materials.
These incredible resources hold the power to tell the stories of the region, and Berlanga-Shevchuk brings robust skills and deep experience that will enable those stories to thrive. Joining the museum from her current role as Associate Curator at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, Berlanga-Shevchuk also draws on her time with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Scenic Route, The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance working across areas of curation, education, and programs.
“As a mixed-race child growing up between Arizona and Europe, I quickly learned the value and importance of understanding local communities and engaging in cross-cultural exchanges,” says Berlanga-Shevchuk. “The Washington County Museum’s dedication to sharing the rich diversity of the region resonates with me because of my own multicultural heritage and experiences working within culturally-specific organizations.”
The Cultural Resources Manager role is new at the museum, a result of a restructuring designed to de-center the authoritative voice of the major exhibitions and present more culturally embedded narratives. The curatorial role of the museum will be filled through the museum’s new Guest Curator program, allowing the Cultural Resources Manager to focus on the well-being of the historic objects and ensure that they are accessible to the community through the museum’s exhibitions, community events, research desk and other outlets today and for generations to come.