Case Study: Listos Para el Museo: Nurturing a New Generation of Visitors

Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 10:30-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
261 America's Center
Learn how the National Museum of Mexican Art created Listos Para El Museo, a bilingual program for young Latino families with toddlers, that addresses visual, cognitive, and language development. Integrating components of the Head Start Model and arts education, the museum partnered with Gads Hill Community Center to work with low-income families from the south and southwest sides of Chicago. Learn how a museum can position itself to provide educational services needed by its community and at the same time foster a new generation of museumgoers.

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

Learner Outcome
  1. Learn about the critical need for early childhood education among young Latino families and how museums can intervene.
  2. Learn about creating effective partnerships with social service organizations to reach underserved audiences.
  3. Learn how to make museum galleries toddler-friendly and engaging spaces, including earning buy-in from the institution.
Pablita Santos
Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator
National Museum of Mexican Art
aula Santos is an interdisciplinary museum educator comfortable with both objects and living collections. Her focus is creating lifelong, equitable informal learning opportunities. She is the Teacher and Student Programs Coordinator at The National Museum of Mexican Art and has worked at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum and Whitney Museum. She is a graduate of the Leadership in Museum Education program at Bank Street College.