The Circle of Life: Caring about Caregivers
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
275 America's Center
Hear from a panel of professionals developing programming that specifically targets and is marketed to caregivers as museum visitors, as well as program planning efforts that take into account the caregiver's role. The panel will highlight current museum programs for caregivers who are responsible for the circle of life: infancy through older adulthood.
Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- Learn to recognize the many types of caregivers and identify their unique needs.
- Learn to set goals for deliberately incorporating caregiver needs into exhibits and programs.
- Learn to engage with different caregiver communities in a variety of meaningful ways.
The Walters Art Museum
Annie Bobbitt has worked with children in various capacities for 10 years, working to engage children of all ages in informal learning environments. She is an Education Coordinator in Family Programs at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Bobbit writes and teaches early learning programs. The museum focuses on multigenerational learning and modeling behaviors that caregivers can use beyond the museum.
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 serves as the point-of-contact 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.
Manager of Discovery Garden and Family Programs
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Meera Jagroop is the Discovery Garden Coordinator at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Ms. Jagroop recently graduated from Bank Street College with an M.S.Ed. in Museum Education. She currently collaborates with colleagues and a large volunteer team to provide free, drop-in school and family programming. Ms. Jagroop is passionate about integrating art, music, and play into informal science education for all ages.
Sarah Erdman is a mom, museum professional and early childhood educator. Her research and professional practice explore how museums and educators can connect to make meaningful experiences for young children. She writes at cabinetofcuriositiesva.com and tweets from @cabinetofcurios.