The transparency of this museum’s records is easy to read, understandable, and innovative. Once again, a museum has created an exemplary project that other sectors of our society NEED to replicate.
This link includes:
- A guide that explains how to engage individuals with dementia and their caregivers with art.
- A guide that details how to establish a museum program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
- A guide that focuses on the structure and set-up of off-site programs at museums or art galleries and on-site programs at your facility.
"Educational programming is at the heart of a museum’s public mission and serves as a gateway for exploring works of art and cultural history. Offerings should extend to all audiences, including individuals with cognitive disabilities."-MOMA
Dimensions is ASTC publication. The article discussions “Qualities of Excellent Science Center CEOs.”
1. "Ability to articulate, with passion and detail, the vision and mission of the organization."
- Clarity of the core missions of the organization
- Be able to find your own personal meaning for your organization’s mission
2. "People skills for dealing with all the major stakeholders."
- Keep staff excited and productive.
- The CEO must accept total responsibility for the institution
3."Enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math, (or the content of your museum), and the ability to communicate that enthusiasm."
- Be a continuous a rapid learner within the field
4. "A combination of technical skills, such as fundraising, marketing, public relations, financial management, and partnership building."
Working first hand with many museum patrons on a daily basis, I am often perplexed by this question.
Education, adventure, escapism, exploration, or shared experiences with friends and family. Maybe all of those things, or none at all.
In order to facilitate the best experience possible, you need to get a better understanding of our patrons motivations.
What are our patrons motives for visiting?
- Entertainment motives- I want to be entertained by the material. It’s fun, exciting and my observations amuse me.
- Educational motives- I want to discover new things and new information. I want to figure out how this works. I want to expand my practical knowledge.
- Aesthetic motives- I want to view/see things that will inspire me. I want to be immersed in the material.
- Landmark motives- I want to see this special exhibit I will never see again. They are items or art from across the globe and it is a “once in a lifetime” exhibit.
- Share experience motives- I want to visit the museum to spend time and create a shared experiences with loved ones.
- Egotistical motives- I want to go, so I can tell others I went.
I am sure I have missed some motives, the great thing I have always add more as they are discovered..
Museum Gal San Francisco
3 Easy Steps for Successful Partnerships with Local Government
1. Strong commitment to collaborate with local government officials
Be open to partnerships, communicate to them often about what your doing, and how they can help, or how you can help them.
Example- Invite government agencies to table at your events or vice versa
2. Align your mission and priorities
Make sure your museum’s mission is reflective of your community’s priorities. Make yourself relevant to them.
Example- Get behind important local initiatives that are relative to your museum. Local governments look at museums as industry leaders in innovation and stewardship.
3. Become Valued
Through creativity and effort make local government value you as a local resource and treasure.
Example- You nurture the next generation in the fields of arts/sciences/technology. You are playing a fundamental role in the “educational landscape” of your city, connecting students to ideas and experiences conventional education neglects.
- Invite local government officials and employees to museum “free days”
- Develop community neighborhood nights for local residents and invite city government to participate
- Offer lower rate membership for low income families
- Develop a teen intern program for local students at low performing schools
Remember to nurture partnerships, so they are mutually beneficial.