Taking a Risk: Presenting Tricky Exhibit Topics

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
$274.00  America's Center
Description
This session highlights exhibitions on potentially loaded topics, such as race, injustice, and religion, uncovering the power they have to create organizational change and impact public awareness and attitudes. Drawing on organizational conversations, community engagement efforts, visitor studies, and an NSF-funded research project, panelists will encourage the audience to enter the dialogue on the benefits of creating and hosting exhibits that embrace the diversity that is our modern world. Learn how museums have reached outside of their organizations or visitors' perceived comfort zones to create well-received exhibitions.

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

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn about the range of potential impacts arising from hosting or creating an exhibit on a difficult subject.
  2. Learn how research and evaluation can strengthen the case for taking on difficult exhibit topics.
  3. Feel empowered to take on a topic that may be outside your (or your institution's) comfort zone.
Speakers
Presenter: 
David Penney
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Associate Director/MSG
Organization: 
National Museum of the American Indian
Bio
David W. Penney is the Associate Director of Museum Scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian. Previously, he had a long career at The Detroit Institute of Arts where he served as curator of Native American Art, Chief Curator, and ultimately Vice President of Exhibitions and Collections Strategies. Penney earned a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University and a BA in art history from New York University.
Presenter: 
Lizzy Martin
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Exhibit Development and Museum Planning
Organization: 
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Bio
Lizzy Martin-Director, Exhibit Development and Museum Planning at the Children's Museum of Manhattan-creates immersive, interactive experiences designed to captivate diverse audiences. Her background includes teaching, content research, interpretation, and designing multi-sensory, multi-platform environments. Lizzy has an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard University, a BA from Tufts University in sociology and a passion for playing flag football.
Presenter: 
Marjorie Bequette
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Evaluation and Research in Learning
Organization: 
Science Museum of Minnesota
Bio
Marjorie Bequette is the Director of Lifelong Learning at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She was a member of the NISENet evaluation team and the three-year CASNET research project focused on evaluation capacity building. She is currently a Co-PI on an NSF-funded project focused on how hosting the traveling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? changes the host institution.
Presenter: 
Sarah Cohn
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Principal
Organization: 
Cohn Consulting
Bio
Sarah has been conducting evaluation and research in support of museum experiences for the past 9 years. She was in The Science Museum of Minnesota's Evaluation and Research in Learning Department 2007-2016. Though having cut her teeth in a science museum, Sarah's primary interest is in supporting the entire museum community through professional development, data driven decision-making, and understanding who attends cultural institutions.
Presenter: 
Susan Foutz
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Research and Evaluation
Organization: 
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Bio
Susan Foutz, Director of Research and Evaluation at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, leads the study design and implementation of the museum's evaluations for exhibitions and programs including the museum's National Geographic Sacred Journeys exhibit. She has evaluated informal learning in museum settings for 15 years and was previously a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation.