Besides visiting my page, Valente Francisco Saenz I attached some images files of the opening of the art HACEP community expression project. Thousands of drawings, forms, shapes, lines and message were recorded in 12 panels with a total…"
"Douglas, I am art painting mayor working in my Master's thesis Museums research and communities at UTEP. I decided to continue my education because I observed a gap between the important efforts to bring great artists exhibitions and the…"
I am wondering to what extent museums (probably art museums/galleries, but not necessarily) have gotten involved in facilitating public art projects? More specifically I would like to be in touch with museums that combined public art with audience research, in an effort both to optimize the public impact of such projects through the planning process, and to help assess the public outcomes of these projects. If you have any suggestions of museums to research or people to talk to, I would love…See More
My latest experience was in the development of a center for families with children. There was a lot of competition between different originators of content. We had a good evaluation group testing approaches and materials. Staff working on…"
Thanks for your note. I am attaching a copy of an article that may be of interest. It is an article that has evolved over the past few years and its most recent incarnation is as a chapter in Gail Anderson's new edition…"
This is a very timely discussion. We are currently developing a grant proposal which seeks to discover what social impact means to the museum sector and how you would establish a framework for measuring it. I will have a look at the…"
Increasingly, museum professionals are challenging the old standard ways of measuring 'success'. It is hard to break the old habits of relying on attendance, revenues and gifts - but these have their limitations, as everyone knows. What are the most creative ways of measuring 'success' in museums that you've encountered? They could be measurements in the experiences of individuals or groups, either inside the museum, offsite or online? Many of these are likely to be qualitative measures to…See More
Increasingly, museum professionals are challenging the old standard ways of measuring 'success'. It is hard to break the old habits of relying on attendance, revenues and gifts - but these have their limitations, as everyone knows. What are the most creative ways measuring 'success' in museums that you've encountered? They could be measurements in the experiences of individuals or groups, either inside the museum, offsite or online? Many of these are likely to be qualitative measures to…See More
I'm a museologist who has shifted focus over the past decade from traditional museology to my burgeoning interest in the relationship between culture and sustainability (or more appropriately, unsustainability). Museums could have a critical role to play in facilitating public dialogue and action related to fostering a 'culture of sustainability', but not without some very large changes in the first principles and core assumptions about what the best role might be for museums.
I met you many many years ago (too many to bear thinking about really!) at a Museum Education conference in Melbourne, Australia. Have admired your work for many years so it's good to find you on here.
Have found your site and will read your articles with interest. Am presenting developing an attraction for 8 - 15 year olds provisionally titled 'The History, Mystery and Future of Memory'. So many ways it could be interpreted. Would welcome your thoughts or suggested readings.
Hi Douglas, thanks for getting in touch, it is great to have these networks so that we can make instant contact; and I'll be sure to check out your site. I don't have a ROM account yet, so I am not sure where your message will have ended up! All that is in the future when I arrive in Toronto in September. For now I'm going to be working hard in Sydney to wrap everything up at the Australian Museum and at home, ready for my move north. I'm looking forward to it! Best wishes Janet
I could definitely argue that museums have a sense of purpose, I think that over the past 40 years or so, museums have been undergoing a transition of how that purpose is expressed. Of course, I'm still formulating these thoughts. Since the 1800s there has been this duality between academic focus and a democratic, for the people focus. This divide may be becoming more apparent as technology evolves and the societal access and expectation to knowledge increases. I do believe that there is a place for both voices (museum and audience) to equally share validation and museums should embrace themselves as a Community of Practice that involves the audience as a partner in that community, as Kelly and Russo have also argued. This is would be for the overall Museum culture, for individual institutions, they should ask themselves what impact they want to make on society.
Yes, I see your argument. Hmmm. Do museums have a cultural sense of the continuously changing needs of the community or society? I suppose this is a question I bring into my thesis (it's for a Masters in Museum Studies). I think what is at conflict are these historical schools of thought- academic vs. public, democratic spaces. Academia isn't designed to change rapidly, it is a very careful discipline whereas society changes in a matter of years (ie: social media). This conflict is so apparent in the museum field. Museums have been for quite a long time (arguably since the beginning) striving to find their relevance to society. In the 1960s educators began to look towards learning theorists to help understand how the individual learns. This has greatly advanced how knowledge is disseminated, however, I would also argue that it's not just the individual but how social groups learn together. I haven't seen a lot of studies in that direction- families yes, how strangers or adult groups learn or work together, not so much. I think that if museums look at the practice of social learning (by embracing a Community of Practice), I think a lot of issues could be resolved. It could certainly begin to focus the museum towards the daunting question of "who are we?" Embracing a Community of Practice may also answer your argument for sustainability.
My thesis is arguing for museums to allow the public voice to be part of the permanent record of museum interpretation and the use of digital technology is the tool for this. There is a disparity of how meaning is created vs. how museums disseminate knowledge (that learning is social and that objects have more than one meaning). Museum's also don't seem to hold a practicing value towards the audience voice. This has led me towards Wenger's and Lynda's and Russo's work of Community of Practice.
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