Introducing Meg Eaton | New 540 Team Member Spotlight

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We are pleased to announce Meg Eaton as 540WMain’s first part-time team member. Meg who is currently volunteering will join the 540 Team as Administrative Coordinator in mid-April 2020.

About Meg Eaton 

Meg Eaton is a graduate student in Museum Studies at Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. After receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and Geography from University of Southern Maine, she worked as an Archaeological Field Technician throughout New England and parts of the Midwest. The act of excavation, cataloging, and storing of artifacts over the years led to an interest in materiality and ownership and how these issues relate to identity, heritage and legacy.
For the past year, Meg gained experience at Rochester Contemporary Art Center where she helped plan and execute exhibitions, worked with local artists, and implemented community engagement programming. Her ongoing academic interest includes decolonization of museum spaces, ecomusuems, alternative exhibition spaces, and repatriation.

Where did you grow up?

ME: I grew up in Manchester, NH.

How do you stay healthy?

ME: I like to run and practice yoga.

How do you express creativity in your life?

ME: I enjoy reading and writing. My peer here at 540WMain Siena Pullinzi, recently taught me some printmaking basics as well—I hope to explore this more in
the future!

How have you furthered BIPOC and other underrepresented groups in your life and/or work?

ME: Simply put, I haven’t done enough. I am constantly learning, unpacking, and attempting to stay conscious of my own privilege. I am currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at Syracuse University. Through this tenure, I have become increasingly aware of the lack of citations and educational resources by BIPOC authors in syllabi. This year, I have committed to reading—and citing in my own research—works only by these underrepresented groups. In terms of my on-going work, I am currently pursuing a career in museum studies. In this capacity, my curatorial focus
centers on issues relating to ownership of cultural objects and repatriation, decolonization of museum spaces, and institutional critique of collection and display practices.

What is it that inspires you to work with 540WMain?

ME: I think the work being done at 540 is important and necessary. We need more safe spaces in our communities to discuss systems of power and oppression, identity politics, and how these issues relate to our daily lived experiences. 540 provides not only a place to learn new concepts but also a space to unlearn old practices and behaviors. I am excited to be a part of that education, if even in a small way.

When you’re not working at 540WMain what do you like to do?

ME: I love food and enjoy exploring Rochester’s growing culinary scene. During warmer months, I love to hike.

What do you like best about living in Rochester?

ME: There is always something going on! The city has so many opportunities to explore art, culture, and nature. I love the plethora of gallery spaces, community centers, and recreational spaces nearby to explore.

What do you like least about living in Rochester?

ME: This is less Rochester-related and more personal, but I miss being closer to friends and family.

540WMain will celebrate its 4 year anniversary with a party and extravaganza on Saturday June 20, 2020. In just four years the organization has become a pillar in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood and a convener and curator of important and vital community conversations, classes, and programs. Your financial support helps us scale up this work in 2020 and beyond with a year long fundraising goal of $40,000

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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