The Natural History Museum
Beka Economopoulos is the Executive Director of The Natural History Museum, a traveling museum and museum transformation project. To expand the consensus for ecological and equitable development, and inspire a new generation of solutions and leaders, The Natural History Museum is unleashing the power of museums. NHM is a mobile exhibition and event producer that supports community-led land and water defense and spurs scientists and museums to respond to environmental challenges, including climate change and fossil fuel extraction. The Natural History Museum functions as an independent “skunkworks” for the museum sector— enabling museums to try new forms of collaborations and public engagement programming, use their influence, and increase their relevance.
Beka's experience in sustainability advocacy includes serving as a co-organizer and Board Member of the 2017 March for Science, the Director of Online Organizing at Greenpeace, and the Director of Strategy at Fission Strategy. Beka co-created The Natural History Museum in 2014 as a project of Not An Alternative, a non-profit organization that has worked at the intersection of art, activism, and theory since 2004. Not An Alternative was named in the NY Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups. The group’s exhibitions, performances, and presentations have been featured within institutions such as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Florida Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, MOCAD, and Museo del Arte Moderno, and in the public sphere in collaboration with community groups.
Monday, May 20
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM