Don’t Forget Us! Engaging Sometimes Forgotten Audiences
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
276 America's Center
This session will demonstrate effective programs and initiatives to engage underserved families and children as well as identify potential funding opportunities for such programs. Panelists will discuss lessons learned from programs designed to engage audiences including preschoolers, children, and adults with cognitive issues and/or vision impairment, as well as families in crisis due to homelessness, incarceration, or recent immigration. Ways to define success and help foster community ownership of the museum will give participants models of engagement to try at their own museums.
Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- Learn ways to pilot programs, including programmatic models and funding, for a variety of underserved audiences.
- Learn different ways of networking and working with community partnerships to expand programs and attract new audiences.
- Learn to define what success looks like in relationship to your audience and building realistic expectations for programs.
Public Programs/Visitor Services Coordinator
Museum of the Grand Prairie
Kaitlyn Riopelle is the Public Programs/Visitor Services Coordinator for the Museum of the Grand Prairie. She works to develop engaging public programs that blend the natural and cultural history of East Central Illinois in a way that is relevant to all visitors. She has been working to foster relationships with various community organizations to create programming that is inclusive of all people regardless of ability or background.
Vice President of Education and Interpretation
Historic Annapolis Foundation
Lisa Holly Robbins has over a decade of experience developing, implementing and evaluating public programs. She is passionate about creating relevant and engaging programs for visitors of all ages and working collaboratively both internally and externally to better serve the community. She has had experience creating both on-site, outreach and on-line programs that give audiences greater access to program content.
Manager, Community Engagement & Family Programs
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Tom Barry, Manager of Community Engagement and Family Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, has taught vulnerable populations in New York City; encouraging and empowering them to have some measure of control over their education and lives. Tom brings a wealth of practical experience regarding what works and what doesn't work when engaging audiences who are often in survival mode and what success with these audiences may look like.