Exhibit and Collections Space Planning, Southwest Harbor Historical Society, 2020. Working with the all-volunteer historical society to plan new exhibit hardware and updated collections storage space and furniture for the Manset building.
Cobscook Shores interpretive writer, Butler Conservation Fund, 2019-2020. Researching, writing, and locating and selecting images for a series of interpretive panels for a private land trust on Cobscook Bay. Learn more>
Decolonizing Collections Management and Access at the Abbe Museum, 2019-2020. Project management for implementation of an NEH-funded project to apply TK Labels, using Mukurtu CMS for tribal collaboration, 2019-2020
Archaeological Advisory Committee Project Manager, Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park, 2019-2020. Oversight, logistics, budgeting, and facilitation for in-person and virtual meetings with Wabanaki advisors, National Park Service personnel, and Abbe Museum staff to provide guidance for archaeological research, education, and collections management at the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park.
Allagash Explorer guidebook interpretive writer, Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, 2019. Researching and writing interpretive text for a printed guidebook including cultural and natural history of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Learn more>
Maine Olympians and Mountains of Maine traveling exhibits, Ski Museum of Maine, 2019. Design and arrange fabrication of traveling banner versions of two exhibits. Virtual Mountains of Maine exhibit>
Museum in the Streets, Bucksport Historical Society and Main Street Bucksport, Ongoing. Research, write, and identify images for a series of historical panels in downtown Bucksport.
Collections Inventory project design, Bucksport Historical Society, ongoing. Design an inventory project and provide training and quality control for the all-volunteer historical society.
Archives Planning Project, Jessup Memorial Library, ongoing. Work with library staff, architects, and engineering consultants to refine the design of the archives and special collections space in the library’s new addition.
A Gathering Place interpretive panels, Maine Coast Heritage Trust Long Point Preserve, 2019. Collaborative content development, research, writing, graphic design work, and arrange for fabrication of three interpretive panels for a MCHT property in Machiasport.
Wiwenikan exhibit (contemporary Wabanaki art), Colby College Museum of Art, 2019. Curatorial project manager, providing support for guest curators and museum’s exhibitions manager, curatorial and community advisors, and primary point of contact for more than 30 contemporary Wabanaki artists. Learn more>
Risk & Reward exhibit, Islesford Historical Museum, 2019. Project management; research, writing, and image selection;, oversight of graphic designer and fabrication team.
Bar Harbor Inn, historic photo exhibit overhaul, 2019. Research and image selection, arrange for framing both locally and online, and work with contractors on installation of more than 30 historic images.
Maine Olympians exhibit, Ski Museum of Maine, 2018. Research, write, implement graphic design, design exhibit layout and temporary wall system, and install a temporary exhibit. Virtual exhibit>
Boats & Buoys exhibit booklet and website, Islesford Historical Museum, 2018. Create print and web versions of a past exhibit.
Emergence: Root Clubs of the Penobscot Nation exhibit, Abbe Museum, 2018. Project management, loans, curatorial support for guest curators, and oversight of contractors for fabrication and installation.
Storied Lands & Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, sample lesson plans, 2018. Develop sample lesson plans on Wabanaki content for interpretive plan.
Collections disaster recovery and cleaning project, Penobscot Nation Museum, 2018. Clean and reinstall collections following a furnace malfunction.
Design for Diversity Learning Toolkit, Core Design Group and Study Path author, 2016-2018. IMLS-funded project at Northeastern University to develop a teaching and learning toolkit for librarians, archivists, museum specialists, and other cultural heritage practitioners. Learn more>
Disaster Planning and Response: One of the most critical aspects of responsible collections care and museum operations is being prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster. Gray brings both her museum expertise and her 20 years as a firefighter and fire service leader to disaster preparedness and response for museum and other cultural organizations.
Disaster plan development
Disaster response training
Preplanning with local first responders
Initial disaster response
Facilities: Bringing together the needs of your collections and your facilities, we can work with you to monitor and track system operations, to partner effectively with service providers, and to find sustainable solutions for your facility.
Monitor and track temperature, humidity, and light
Systems research and planning
Sustainable collections care and building systems
Identify and connect with experts in the field to meet your sustainability goals
Grant writing: Finding the right financial support for your project is essential. We can work with you to identify potential funders and write successful grant proposals to federal and state agencies and private foundations.