Museums Involving Communities: Authentic Connections explores how museums can become more active and also considers how they might involve members of their local communities in their everyday work.
Examining the key components of the museum–community relationship, this booklooks at both the impact of museums on the cultural and civic lives of local communities and the impact of local communities on the programs, collections, and organizational culture of museums. Advocating an accessible and inclusive approach to museum management, Kadoyama focuses on the role of museum leadership in fostering and deepening community relationships. The result offers insights into how relationships between communities and museums 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.
Written by an experienced museum professional with extensive experience in community involvement and audience development, Museums Involving Communities is key reading for museum workers looking to make an impact, while building long-term relations with local communities, to the benefit of both museum and community. It should also be of great interest to students taking courses in museum and heritage studies.
Part I: Community
1. Defining Terms
2. Building Healthier Communities
3. Relevant Community Theory
4. Museums and Communities Timeline: A History
5. How Other Community-Focused Fields Inform Museum Practice
Part II: Creating a Community Involvement Action Plan
6. Learning About the Museum and Learning About Oneself
7. Learning About Communities and Creating a Community Profile
8. Creating a Community Involvement Action Plan
Part III: Challenges, Outcomes, Impacts, and Accountability
10. Outcomes, Impacts, and Accountability
Appendix A: Sample Forms, Letters, and Worksheets
Appendix B: Activities