THE MUSEUM COLLECTIVE
The Museum Collective is a consortium of music museum professionals that creates special exhibitions and programs for museums and cultural institutions around the country and Europe. The partners in the Collective have collaborated on a variety of exhibits over the past decade, with the most recent exhibit "Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song" debuting in 2022 at the Morgan Library in New York City.
Deana McCloud is a co-founder of the Museum Collective, and a partner in the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame in Boston. From her career as the Founding Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Woody Guthrie Center and the former curator of music and programs for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, she brings a broad scope of knowledge about music history to honor the past, celebrate the present, and nurture the future. A former educator, McCloud serves on a variety of boards supporting social justice initiatives, musicians and the arts.
Bob Santelli is a co-founder of the Museum Collective, a noted blues and rock historian, curator, music journalist, and the author of more than a dozen books on American music. Santelli was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, moving to Cleveland in 1995 to become the museum’s first Director of Education and Vice President of Public Programs. In 2000, he became the CEO of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the first-ever interactive music museum. Santelli moved to Los Angeles in 2006 as the Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum, where he curated more than 65 exhibitions and produced centennial celebrations for Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and others. Santelli is a frequent lecturer at Oregon State University and is currently the Executive Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.