TMG members contribute to the field in many ways, including writing books, articles, and reports that advance the conversation about the place of museums in society. We think these recent publications are worth a look.
Margaret Kadoyama, Museums Involving Communities: Authentic Connections
Sample chapter: “Learning about the Museum and Learning about Oneself”
Advocating an accessible and inclusive approach to museum management, the author shares insights into how museum-community relationships can be forged in practice, how museums can be involved in building healthier communities, and how community engagement strategies can be developed, implemented, and evaluated successfully.
Laura Roberts and Barbara Franco, “The Winds of Opportunity”
In American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History, edited by Bob Beatty
In their essay on issues and trends facing history organizations, the authors urge museum professionals to embrace change by exploring new operating models, creating a climate of entrepreneurship, sharing authority with audiences and volunteers, and seeking new partnerships.
Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH
30% discount code: RLFANDF30
Darcie Fohrman and Janeen Bryant, “Radical Collaboration—Building to WE in Exhibition Design: Essential Elements for Confronting Social Issues with Community”
In Exhibition, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Fall 2017)
When developing the award-winning ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, the Levine Museum of the New South made a long-term commitment to deep community engagement through radical collaboration. The complex process led to an exhibition that confronted often-contentious social issues while strengthening the museum’s role as a catalyst for understanding.
David Ellis, Robert Mac West, and Dan Martin, “Reactions of Various Institutions to the New Administration in Washington, DC”
In Informal Learning Review, May/June 2017
The authors report on their May 2017 survey of 38 directors from all types of museums across the country to learn their perspectives on issues and challenges emerging in the current political and social environment.
Marsha Semmel, “Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions”
In Informal Learning Review, May/June 2017
As demographic trends continue to show a five-generation workforce, two conversations at the 2017 AAM annual meeting (one sponsored by TMG) revealed the need for greater exploration of age-related stereotypes and experiences that would help museums create a more productive, fulfilling multigenerational workplace.
Elaine Heumann Gurian, “Public Spaces for Strangers: The Foundation for Peacebuilding and Implications for Heritage Institutions”
In Heritage and Peacebuilding, edited by Diana Walters, Daniel Laven, and Peter Davis
The first step in enhancing civic peace in urban settings, Gurian argues, is to intentionally create more areas where strangers can encounter each other safely while going about their personal quests.
Mary Ellen Munley, “A Reflection on Evaluation, Research, and Practice”
Daryl Fischer, “The Evolving Lexicon of Creatives-in-Residence”
In Down the Rabbit Hole: Adventures in Creativity and Collaboration
Denver Art Museum
Insights from a two-year project exploring how collaboration with the local creative community can help an art museum transform visitor experiences, with essays by consultants and evaluators Mary Ellen Munley and Daryl Fischer
Daryl Fischer, Swarupa Anila, and Porchia Moore, “Coming Together to Address Systemic Racism in Museums”
In Curator: The Museum Journal, Volume 60, Issue 1 (January 2017)
Forming alliances among museum practitioners is essential to building commitment across the field to address legacies of exclusion, privilege, and institutionalized racism.
Marsha Semmel, “Museum Leadership, Organizational Readiness, and Institutional Transformation”
In Museum, American Alliance of Museums, March/April 2017
An anthropologist and lawyer makes the transition to museum director, stabilizes and re-invigorates a troubled institution, and then learns how challenging real institutional transformation can be.
Paul Orselli, “Do You Really Need a 3D Printer, and Other Essential Questions You Need to Ask about a Museum’s Makerspaces”
In Hand to Hand, Association of Children’s Museums, Summer 2016, Volume 30, Number 2
The most essential qualities of makerspaces including the pros and cons of low tech and high tech devices and the value staff or creative partners add to the visitor experience.
Judy Rand, “Less Is More. And More Is Less”
In Exhibition, National Association for Museum Exhibition, Spring 2016
When it comes to exhibition text, “less is more.” Visitors have only so much attention to give, so putting more in front of them doesn’t mean they can devote more attention to it.
Beverly Sheppard, Marsha Semmel, and Carol Bossert, “Think With Me: David Carr’s Enduring Invitation”
In Curator: The Museum Journal, Volume 59, Issue 2 (April 2016)
Honoring the legacy of David Carr (1945–2016), scholar, teacher, librarian, writer, advocate for cultural institutions, and astute observer of museums.
Mary Ellen Munley (lead research advisor), Ellen Hirzy (editor), Room to Rise: The Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums
Whitney Museum of American Art
Report on a groundbreaking research and evaluation initiative by four leading art museums that explores the transformational impact of intensive museum programs for teens.