Irina D. Mihalache
Irina D. Mihalache is Assistant Professor in museum studies at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, and the Principal Investigator for the project. She teaches courses in museum interpretation, interpretive planning and histories of exhibitions, as well as food and material culture. In museum studies, her main area of interest is museum interpretation and she is very interested in how collaborations with diverse communities can shape the work of storytelling in museums.
Courtney Murfin is an interpretation professional in Toronto, Canada and consulting practitioner on this project. She has worked on exhibitions, apps, and digital projects, on topics from bizarre science to contemporary art, and local histories to world cultures. She uses human-centered design principles as practice to understand changing needs of museum audiences and how interpretive methods must evolve to achieve innovative ways to engage a diverse public.
Natalia Toronchuk is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her professional experiences include outreach work at the Redpath Museum (Montreal) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and collections management at the Scottish Opera (Glasgow). Previously, her research focused on the use of metaphors in museums. She is currently researching critical thinking in museums, bringing together meaning-making and cultural theories.
Alexandra Forand is a writer, artist, and a second year Masters of Museum Studies candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her current work and research explore how land, community, and conflict impact narratives told within cultural heritage organizations.