Rapid Response Collecting Taskforce
Brooklyn Children’s Museum holds a unique collection of 30,000 educational objects. BCM recognizes that this group of mostly 19th and early 20th century objects invites conversations about race, culture, and colonialism, and does not fully represent the Central Brooklyn community the Museum serves. A collaboration between BCM’s teen program and its collections department, the Rapid Response Collecting Taskforce (RRCT) is one way the Museum activates change and discussion about these issues. Through this initiative, a cohort of 10-15 teens is trained to go into the community, engage with local residents, and — using a framework they create – identify and accession objects to include in BCM’s collection. Past themes the TRRCT has identified to guide sourcing of objects include immigration, criminal justice, gender fluidity, and gentrification. Objects they source and the interpretation they generate will become integrated into the Museum’s collections and will remain there in perpetuity.