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A Deeper Model of Community Co-Creation

Museums often talk about reaching out to communities, or co-creating with community members, for an exhibition or project. But often in these cases, the formula is lopsided in favor the …

CAREapy: Research With, Not On: Engaging in Authentic Collaboration with Communities

In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent national and worldwide protests, along with too many other events to list, drew attention to systemic …

How the Delaware Art Museum is Centering Community Voices in Interpretive Planning

In 2018, the Delaware Art Museum (DelArt) began a radically inclusive approach to reinstallation planning, integrating community voices at every stage through focus groups, iterative …

Virtual Programs for Children—What Do Parents Want Now?

After of year of chaos, anguish, and reflection, the world is entering a new phase—perhaps “post-pandemic,” maybe the “new normal”—it will take a while to settle on the right label. Last …

Empathy Interventions: Mia Experiments with Cultivating Empathy in Museum Visitors

Can the visual arts foster empathy and understanding? From our experiences as art museum educators, we believe they can, but there is little empirical research to support this theory. So, …

Social Media Benchmarking: Evaluation Projects in Action at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Digital engagement has become crucial during the pandemic, and data can help with the difficult and ongoing task of finding the right approach for online audiences. As highlighted in a …

Essential Evaluators: Answering COVID Questions

Essential Evaluators seeks to gather evaluators in a common space to dialogue, reflect, and support each other in a world upended by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. …

Using Local Data to More Fully Understand the Visitor Experience During COVID

At Thanksgiving Point Institute—a farm, garden, and museum complex in Lehi, Utah—we’ve been wondering how visitor agendas are changing during the current health crisis. Understanding …

Essential Evaluators: Let’s Keep Unlearning

Essential Evaluators seeks to gather evaluators in a common space to dialogue, reflect, and support each other in a world upended by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. …

Measuring the Social Impact of Museums: Call for Study Sites

At this pivotal time in history, advocating for museums, their staff, and their collections is more important than ever. To do that successfully, though, we need to be able to demonstrate …

Evaluating the Impact of Augmented and Virtual Reality

“I am perfectly astonished at the effect.” “The thrilling scenes therein depicted are beyond description.” “It is true and really wonderful.” These are reactions from visitors to the …

Essential Evaluators: Digital Storytelling

Essential Evaluators seeks to gather evaluators in a common space to dialogue, reflect, and support each other in a world upended by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. …
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Designing for Engagement: Five Steps for Co-Creating Exhibits and Programs with Your Communities

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Museums are changing how they interact with the communities they serve, adopting practices that are more inclusive and engaging for all. One of the practices they are increasingly turning …

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