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Adriana Cabrera Cleves

Adriana is a museologist, curator, social and cultural analyst/researcher, and consultant in human rights and social justice with over 20 years of international experience. She is interested in the social impact of museums and the development of a framework of human rights for museums in connection with community building for the strengthening of human rights and the advancement of equality and social justice. Currently, she directs ElevateMuse which is a research and consulting initiative she founded to contribute to the development of the museology of social justice and human rights and to help transform museums into communities of practice.

In the museum field, Adriana created and directed the Department of Communications at the National Museum of Colombia and served as Associate Vice-President of Cultural Programs at the Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, California. In Canada, she also worked at the Royal British Columbia Museum and collaborated with the first international exhibition Lieu de la mémoire : un musée contre l’oubli of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights of Chile in Montreal. As curator, she led the Temporary Museum of Memory and Solidarity with the Colombian armed conflict engaging the Colombian community in Quebec and co-curated the exhibition Images and Power: Black Women at Concordia’s Curating and Public Scholarship Lab. She has also provided consulting services to the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

Adriana taught exhibitions and public programs development at the University of San Diego, USA, and is now instructor of Concordia University’s Leadership Series of the Graduate and Professional Skills Program. At Concordia University’s Ethnography Lab she co-initiated the Working Group devoted to researching Human Rights. The research group’s current project is a study of the ethnography of the McCord Museum’s approach of Human Rights in the exhibition Shalom Montreal.

Adriana holds an M.A. in Museology from the Amsterdam University of the Arts-Reinwardt Academy, Netherlands. She also holds a Graduate specialization in Cultural Management from the Universidad del Rosario, and a B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism from the Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.  She is now pursuing a doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Analysis (Sociology and Anthropology) at Concordia University.