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Title:Something for Everybody?: Museums in Action
Author(s):Reisinger, Priscilla
Subject(s):2008 Fall
Krannert Art Museum
Issue Date:2008
Course / Semester:Art - Studio 299, Museums in Action: Engaging the Community, Elizabeth Delacruz and Anne Sautman: This course considered how museum audience development perspectives and research are translated into practices that meet the needs and interests of culturally diverse audiences. Course readings, writing assignments, research, inquiry activities, and presentations provided students with opportunities for examination of museum interpretive practices, programming decisions, and public engagement activities, as well as analysis of Krannert Art Museum’s presence on the university campus, in the larger community, and on the World Wide Web. Students developed innovative museum educational approaches that would increase the accessibility of the artwork in Krannert Art Museum to culturally diverse audiences. Student research and development involved study of the museum’s multicultural permanent collection and temporary exhibitions; studies of local audiences; and studies of educational programming, and museum curricular materials. Students also explored how new media technologies can be incorporated into museum educational practices by developing new practices. The course syllabus is available at:
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-07-17

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    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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