Alex Robichaud is the Project Coordinator for Thinking Through the Museum based at the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab. Alex grew up as a settler on Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) territory in New Brunswick. In 2017, Alex earned a Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto with a focus on photography and curatorial strategies for themes of gender/sexuality and sexually explicit artworks. Since graduation, Alex has worked at the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab where they co-founded and coordinated a Curatorial Residency program that provides compensated curatorial opportunities for emerging museum professionals. This program has resulted in 3 public exhibitions (2019-2021): “Queering the Map: ON_SITE” curated by Lucas LaRochelle, “(Re)viewing the Syrian War” curated by Abood Hamad, and “Seascape Poetics” curated by Bettina Pérez Martinez.
Shanna Ossé is the Communications Coordinator for Thinking Through the Museum, based at the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab. Shanna was raised and currently situated on the un-ceded Anishinabe Algonquin territory of Ottawa. Since graduating in Communications and Digital Humanities at the University of Ottawa in 2018, Shanna’s studies has pivoted from social media analysis to museum accessibility and decolonizing the museum space with the repatriation of looted artefacts during colonization. In 2018, working in conjunction with the Ingenium – Canada’s Museum of Science and Innovation and the University of Ottawa, she participated in the creation of the online exhibit The Digital Touch: Bringing Tangibility To Museums And Medicine, exploring digital tools and their uses to bridge the gap between touch accessibility, museum protocols and medicine. Her project, A Hole in a Heart, focuses on 3D imaging being transformed into 3D printed materials to aid in the surgical process of patching the Atrial Septal Defect in infants.