Date of Graduation

2014

Document Type

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Museum Studies

Abstract

Museums around the nation are working on creating calm, engaging spaces of reflection within health care environments.' Botanical gardens can provide practical, innovative, and community-centric programs in order to maintain a place of importance within today's world. Yet, health concerns and a lack of access to the outside community have hindered residents of senior assisted living facilities from involvement with living museums, such as botanical gardens, and their calming benefits. 2 This capstone addresses the current social and economjc realities of an aging population. It seeks to connect plants with people, the past with the present, and the need to stretch and readjust our perceptions of what community outreach looks like in a living museum. It is grounded in the work of social service and museum innovators like Libby Rhoads who states in her work, Museums, Meaning Making, and Memories: The Need for Museum Programs for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers that "Social service agencies can provide the expertise needed to reach community members currently underserved by museums, while museums can provide the materials and expertise needed by the agencies for certain innovative therapeutic approaches."3

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