Connecting Families to Complex Content in Museums
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
275 America's Center
Sometimes there is hesitation when it comes to families visiting museums to explore exciting yet challenging content. Adults may wonder: Will I be able to support my child to process what they are experiencing? How will the museum handle sensitive and complex topics in a thoughtful and respectful way? When we entice families to enter into an artwork or a different time or place and learn together, experiences can be even richer. We will explore how museums and families can engage with multifaceted content together.
Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- Participants will gain strategies to plan engagement for visitors that deal with complex topics.
- Participants will gain ideas to support a variety of learning styles to meaningfully connect to content.
- Participants will gain ideas for interactive components of programs that encourage imagination and even new perspective.
Manager of Family and Community Programs
Denver Art Museum
Lindsay Genshaft holds a BFA in Musical Theatre, minor in Art History from NYU and an MFA in Theatre Education, minor in Museum Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. Lindsay was the Family & School Programs intern at The Blanton Museum of Art and worked at the Portland Art Museum as recipient of the Kress Interpretive Fellowship in museum education. She is now Manager of Family & Community Programs at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.
Youth and Family Programs Manager
Missouri History Museum
Lindsay Newton is the Youth and Family Programs Manager at the Missouri History Museum. In 2009, Newton launched a full menu of early childhood and family programs, which continues to grow yearly. She also served as the content lead for the History Clubhouse, MHM's first long-term exhibit designed for kids. In her graduate work, Newton conducted research on implementing the Reggio Emilia approach in the museum setting, earning an MA in HES.
Director-Duke Energy Children'
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Tony Lawson is Senior Director of School and Teacher Partnerships at Cincinnati Museum Center. He began as an educator in the Museum of Natural History & Science before serving as Director of Duke Energy Children's Museum. Lawson also serves on the board of Association of Midwest Museums. He created two keystone programs for CMC: ECSITE (Early Childhood Science Inquiry Teacher Education); and the annual Learning Through Play Conference.