Wednesday 27th November, 2013
10:00am to 10:30am
Museums are very good at navel gazing, developing partnerships with like institutions, and opening up our collections for the benefits of users in the culture, heritage, education and tourism sectors.
Do we have the capacity to think outside of ourselves and start to concentrate on new experiences with audiences that could really benefit from our help? What if we could build teenagers’ confidence through the use of our collections or spark a thread of memories from an elderly person hospitalised with dementia? What if, instead of seeing ourselves as a meld of academic and tourism impulses, we saw ourselves as part of the health and community sectors? What would the museum of the future look like if it was better integrated into people’s lives in order to improve their quality of life?
In this presentation Paula and Courtney will explore the idea of the museum as a caring institution, and offer up some scenarios of how this idea might play out.
Courtney Johnston is Director of The Dowse Art Museum, a member of the Creative Commons Aotearoa Advisory Panel, and a former NDF Board member.
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