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 Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, a position that forges my passion for technology with art history through exhibition curation. 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 marginalized communities.