To-Do List: Rainey Tisdale

Rainey Tisdale

We asked students and staff in the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage to give us a list of “luminaries”: people doing work that, even if it wasn’t explicitly framed as “public humanities,” still informed the ways we think about and value public humanities in theory and practice. In an attempt to learn more about what this exemplary work looks like on a day-to-day basis (and to make this labor more visible than it may typically be), we asked these luminaries to document a typical day at the office.

Rainey Tisdale documented a day in her life as a “public human.” She is a Boston-based independent museum professional and museum consultant who is best-known for her work with cities, objects, and creativity. She has taught in the Museum Studies Graduate program at Tufts University and for our Public Humanities program here at Brown, and she is the co-author (with Linda Norris) of the book Creativity in Museum Practice. Thanks Rainey!

Would you like to share your To-Do List with us? Email it to or find us on Twitter @DayofPH! And don’t forget to join us on May 9th for #DayofPH! You can find more To-Do Lists on our blog here.


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