Mary Ellen Munley, “Viewing Guggenheim Social Practice through the Lens of Evaluation”
In Guggenheim Social Practice
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2018
Project evaluator Mary Ellen Munley describes the evolution and impact of a multiyear planning and implementation process for a program at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum that explores how museums and artists can work together to foster new forms of public engagement that advance social values. She also shares her customized methods for assessing work that involves high levels of uncertainty, innovation, and social complexity. The full evaluation report is available here.
Daryl Fischer and Laura B. Roberts, Templates for Trustees
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
The new edition of this popular series from the Museum Trustee Association features books and web-based customizable templates that guide boards in identifying their priorities and planning their actions. Building Museum Boards, The Leadership Partnership, and Executive Transitions were published in spring 2018; Strategic Thinking and Planning will be available in fall 2018.
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
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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