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Designing for Engagement: Five Steps for Co-Creating Exhibits and Programs with Your Communities

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 …

Microclimates: A Greener Future for Collection Care

There are many options available for museums to address climate action and become more sustainable, but recent work at two institutions has highlighted the value in one particular method: …

The Peabody Essex Museum’s Climate + Environment Initiative Seeks to Create a Different Climate Future

As the director of an interactive art and nature space, I’ve included climate change as a topic in many shows and programs over the years. But until recently, I had convinced myself that …

PIVOT: When the Exhibit Title Sets the Tone

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College had just installed its latest exhibit, PIVOT: Skateboard Deck Art, when the pandemic hit in March 2020. Over the next year, the …

Building Emotional Intelligence Through Play

An exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh uses the movie Inside Out to teach children about thei…

Empathy Check (and why it’s not a cliché)

An exhibition on African American women’s hair became a space for the African diasporic perspective to be seen, heard, valued, and better …

The Secrets of Emotion

Psychological science offers myriad opportunities for measuring emotional responses to the museum …

Invitation to Introspection

The Exploratorium’s free, outdoor exhibition helped people understand the factors that contribute to both compassion and po…

Excite, Build, Consider: A Structure for Open and Honest Feedback in Project Development

One challenge we’ve all probably faced in collaborative program and exhibit development/design is creating a space for open and honest feedback. We know candid feedback is crucial for …

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 …

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, …

Do-it-Yourself Exhibits: How the National Museum of Natural History Created a New Model for Reaching People in Their Communities

The Challenge Years before the world was thrown into the coronavirus pandemic, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) sought to increase awareness about the concept of …
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