Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Celine Romano

Celine Romano grew up in Italy and graduated from the University of Warwick, where she received her B.A. in History. Her work experience in a multidisciplinary arts center alongside her academic interests have informed an inquisitive approach to public history, memory and culture. Celine’s research has focused on critical whiteness studies and she hopes to learn how different narratives of identity are presented and understood in society. Through the Smithsonian Internship to Fellowship Program, Celine worked at the Anacostia Community Museum and carried out a Fellowship research project where she created digital education resources using the Learning Lab platform, bridging the Collections Department with education initiatives.

These Quilts Are Richly Stitched with the Stories of the Women Who Made Them

When we think about art, what first comes to mind? Who is an artist? These questions guided my research as I gathered resources for a lesson exploring several quilts in the collection at the Anacostia Community Museum. Along the way, I uncovered some of the stories associated with the colorful designs, adding a layer of complexity to these pieces of art. What follows is just one example of the many ways we can explore how memory helps us engage with objects in museum collections.