Case Study: Mending a Vulnerable Society Via Healing Museum Experiences

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-1:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
261 America's Center
Description
A case study with the 9/11 Memorial Museum reveals that people consider it an ally and protector, mending a shaken society by stewarding otherwise humble objects. This session presents research that addresses the psychological underpinnings of how objects, exhibitions, and museum donating promote wellbeing and healing. Participants will learn how their institutions can innovate with and apply best practices from the field of psychotherapy, and see the measurably healing impact their institutions may already be making on their constituencies.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Form new cross-disciplinary partnerships with psychologists and mental health professionals toward generating health- and healing-oriented experiences.
  2. Develop and utilize a psychotherapeutic object dynamic instrument for measuring healthful/healing visitor impact at your own institution.
  3. Learn to generate healthful institutional and community-wide outcomes around the process of legacy-focused object collecting and exhibiting.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Brenda Cowan
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Associate Professor
Organization: 
Graduate Exhibition Design - SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
Bio
Associate Professor Brenda Cowan, SUNY/FIT Brenda teaches exhibition development, narrative, evaluation and visitor studies in the Graduate Exhibition Design department. She has worked for museums, design firms and cultural institutions in the roles of interpreter, exhibition developer, education director, evaluator and manager for exhibitions, education tools and masterplans. She has taught and presented in the US, UK, China, Canada and Africa.
Presenter: 
Jan Seidler Ramirez
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Chief Curator & EVP Collections
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
Dr. Jan Seidler Ramirez, Senior VP of Collections & Chief Curator, September 11 Memorial Museum has led the development of an encyclopedic collection of visual, material and oral history evidence for this large institution at the site of the destroyed Twin Towers. Many objects acquired from directly affected survivors and grieving relatives arrived with personal sensitivities and emotional nuances relevant to the study explored at this panel.
Presenter: 
Ross Laird
Role: 
Presenter
Bio
Ross Laird Ph.D. teaches counseling, psychology, new media and creative writing at institutions including Simon Fraser University, Vancouver CC, The Union Institute and University, Antioch University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he received the Dean of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and recipient of the 2003 Association's Communications Award.