In September, 2020, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture—a consortium that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—will launch Hear Me Out, a project to expand Hispanic engagement by collaborating with youth. The consortium will partner with two youth-serving agencies in Chelsea and Somerville, neighboring cities that have large Hispanic populations, and the Somerville Media Center.
Through a series of exercises, groups of twenty-four teens will choose topics of high importance to them such as climate change or bridging communities with language. Working with museum staff, they will create audio, video, or still photography that reflects their views on topics related to museum cultural and natural history exhibits. The audiovisual installations will be available in the galleries for all to experience starting in 2021. The teens will host two public “openings” at the museum in 2021 and 2022, at which they will share their experiences with their families and the community. Teens will receive HMSC Family Memberships as part of the program.