Case Study: Flourish: An Inclusive Exhibit Planning Approach

Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 10:30-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
261 America's Center
In 2016, the U.S. Botanic Garden featured the horticulture work of Rikers Island Correctional Facility, a veteran's program, an organization serving adults with disabilities, a transitional jobs program, and a school for special education as part of the exhibit Flourish: Inside and Out." Museum professionals often focus on how to engage communities as audience members through innovative programming and exhibits. However, there is growing momentum to integrate these communities into the program planning and exhibit design process. The outcomes benefit both the museum and collaborating partners.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn to consider unique opportunities for including outside audiences in the exhibit planning process.
  2. Learn to embrace different audiences in exhibit content development and broaden their understanding of access/inclusion.
  3. Learn to recognize the positive impact that inviting outside participation can have on exhibit planning/design and an institution.
Maura Nelson Clifford
United States Botanic Garden
Maura Nelson serves as a Program Specialist at the United States Botanic Garden. Ms. Nelson supports and facilitates public programming efforts and in particular, serves as the accessibility coordinator for visitors with disabilities. She advocates for the public within the museum by maximizing the visitor-centered museum experience. Ms. Nelson develops programming that empowers museum volunteers, staff and Garden visitors to experience the museum more fully.