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Tue, Feb 27

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Virtual Event

Next Narratives: Outside/Inside

The best museums are compelling storytellers, using programs and exhibitions to convey and interpret those narratives most appropriate to their purpose, mission, and values. Today, many of the older (yet still active) narratives are known to be incomplete, incorrect, or erased, not reflecting or se

Next Narratives:  Outside/Inside
Next Narratives:  Outside/Inside

Time & Location

Feb 27, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

About the event

The best museums are compelling storytellers, using programs and exhibitions to convey and interpret those narratives most appropriate to their purpose, mission, and values.  Today, many of the older (yet still active) narratives are known to be incomplete, incorrect, or erased, not reflecting or sensitive to recent scholarship and community realities, including the community of museum staff.

In this session, Ben Garcia, Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Meredith Sorin Horsford, and Brandie Macdonald--four contributors to Change Is Required: Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Museum—do a deep dive into the complexities of museum narratives.  They share their perspectives on successes, missteps, and still vexing challenges.

In their Change essays, Meredith Sorin Horsford and Brandie Macdonald suggested ways in which museums’ public-facing narratives need to be overhauled or expanded to include hitherto incomplete voices and histories. Ben Garcia and Joanne Jones-Rizzi focused on the internal narratives propagated by museums and their relationship to museum purpose, values, and culture.  Taken together, these essays postulate that positive change requires listening, trust, transparency, and sensitivity, both within and beyond the museum walls.

Join us for a timely and sure-to-be engaging session.

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