Date of Graduation

Winter 12-14-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Museum Studies

First Advisor

Marjorie Schwarzer

Second Advisor

Fraidy Aber

Abstract

This Capstone explores the potential for museums to be agents of social change in their communities through exhibition interactives that promote civic engagement. Derived from two linked movements of the progressive education pedagogy and the community-centered museum, these interactives allow museums to take an active role in their communities. Three recent case studies that encouraged and empowered their visitors to take action in their communities are analyzed. This analysis reveals key factors that enabled the three institutions to collaborate and co-create with community members to create these interactives. The implementation of such interactives presents the museum studies field another method with which to create spaces for dynamic interactions and contribute to building healthier communities.

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