Building Community: Who / How / Why

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These are the slides and notes for the talk I gave at the American Alliance of Museums conference on Monday, April 27 about the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. When I became the director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History four years ago, I took this work with me. At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, our community starts with geography. inclusion Museum of Art and History participatory museum social bridging

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

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Visitors bond and bridge through participatory experiences at MAH. Writing my masters thesis for Gothenburg University’s International Museum Studies program while also working four days a week as the Director of Community Programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History this spring was certainly a challenge but also an incredible opportunity. The value of participatory experiences is epitomized in FIGMENT , a free, creative, participatory, non-profit, community art event.

Which New Audiences? A Great Washington Post Article and its Implications about Age, Income, and Race

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One that has found remarkable success is California’s Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. We said, if we’re going to make this museum successful, if we’re going to make it meaningful in the community, we’ve got to increase the number of people we’re reaching and we have to diversify who they are,” says Simon, who explores the concept of audience engagement and participation in her books “The Participatory Museum” and “The Art of Relevance,” as well as on her blog, Museum 2.0.