MAYA BROOKS

I first discovered my passion for the humanities by designing Barbie Dreamhouses.

I get asked all the time what inspired my career aspirations, and that is the truth. I would set up the houses for hours, making sure to glue each piece in its proper place. I would host "showings" to anyone who visited my room, providing commentary on why I chose to put each item in its specific location. The creative freedom of constructing spaces and narratives for my dolls enamored me, so I decided to pursue a career in museums and historic sites.

I am currently the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, an intermediary position that forges my passion for technology with art history through exhibition curation and interpretation. My professional mission is to provide equitable museum experiences for diverse populations. Overall, I strive to restore access, inclusion, and agency in the museum field for historically marginalized communities.