Meet Marissa Hamm
Marissa Hamm is currently a second-year master's student, who is on track to graduate in May 2023 from the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI with a master's degree in museum studies. During the 2022–23 academic year, she participated in the Community Engagement Associates (CEA) Program, under the mentorship of Lois Silverman, Ph.D., and Laura Holzman, Ph.D.
As a CEA, Marissa is serving as the programs and project manager for the Museum of Broken Relationships Indianapolis (MBRI), which is a unique collaboration between the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia, the Museum Studies Program at IUPUI, and Herron Galleries. The project collected stories and objects from the Indianapolis community that tell stories of heartbreak—whether that be romantic, familial, personal, or any other type.
These collected objects and stories are now part of the exhibition housed in Herron Galleries on campus. In addition to the exhibit, there are multiple programs being offered throughout the spring semester that are part of the MBRI project, which is where Marissa has supported the international project.
Through the CEA program, Marissa worked closely with Dr. Silverman's fall 2022 Museum Education course to plan and implement programs throughout the duration of the MBRI exhibit. Her work involved a great deal of logistical planning, including communicating with community partners and ensuring smooth event operations. Marissa is also working to design and refine student-created online resources to increase the reach and accessibility of the exhibit within the Indianapolis community.