Dr. Porchia Moore was awarded the inaugural Institute of Museum and Libraries Services Laura Bush 21st Century Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership Librarian (CHIL) fellowship. A one of a kind fellowship; the purpose of the fellowship is to train a new kind of cultural heritage professional—one who identifies critical issues in the field and works to solve these issues with innovative 21st century approaches. As a CHIL fellow, Dr. Moore is tasked with exploring convergence issues between libraries, archives, and museums. A critical race theorist examining the intersections of race, digital technologies, and cultural heritage institutions; she explores the ways in which activist scholarship and critical new frameworks can bring about transformation in the cultural sectors to ensure equity, access, and inclusion. She is what the Digital Library Federation calls a “cross-pollinator”. Cross-pollinators recognize the inherent benefits of fusing the trainings of each profession (libraries and museums) to maximize opportunities for strengthening the cultural heritage sector.
She is an international keynote speaker, strategist, facilitator, educator, and activist-scholar working in and working with institutions wanting to achieve deep inclusion. Dr. Moore believes in social justice, racial equity, and access. A recognized thought-leader in the field, Dr. Moore has enthusiastically helped to guide a number of national projects including serving as the co-creator of The Visitors of Color Project, a Regular Contributing Writer and Project Advisor for The Inclusuem, a multi-year advisor for MASS Action in partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and others; her vision is to be a catalyst for shifting paradigms in the field.
Currently serving as a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Advanced Academic Masters degree program; she teaches courses in Museum Studies and developed a course for Johns Hopkins called Museums, Race, and Inclusion. She has enjoyed her role in service to several boards including the South Carolina Federation of Museums, the Museum Education Roundtable, Friends of African American Art and Culture at the Columbia Museum of Art, the Women and Gender Studies Council at the University of South Carolina, the Computer Museum Network Planning Committee, and her most recent appointment to the Editorial Board for AASLH in 2018.
Working as the first-ever Inclusion Catalyst for the Columbia Museum of Art, Dr. Moore currently works with library and museum clients across the nation including the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, The Telfair Museums, The South Carolina Library Association, The Phillips Collection, The North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Orlando Science Center who are invested in transformation and change in terms of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) change work.
In addition, Dr. Moore has been asked to give keynotes for almost a dozen institutions such as the Ontario Museums Association, The Smithsonian Museum of American History, and The Association of American Art Museum Directors. She regularly presents or is asked to participate at conferences such as Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), National Council on Public History (NCPH), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Museum Computer Network (MCN), Museums and the Web, Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), Association for Information Science and Technology professionals (ASIS&T) and more. She is an avid reader and writer with publications in Curator, Exhibitionist, FWD Muse, multiple chapter publications in volumes on museums edited by publishers such as Rowman and Littlefield and the University of Leicester.
Based in the Southern region of the United States, Dr. Moore is an artist, creative, writer, and museum geek. She has explored museums across the globe from New Zealand to France to Malaysia to Japan and everywhere she can in between. She raises chickens and a beautiful set of twins. She is an avid hiker, an Outdoor Afro Leader, and has dedicated her life to making cultural heritage institutions inclusive, safe, and dynamic spaces for all.