Transcending Boundaries: The New “Identity Museum”
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
227 America's Center
Hybrid identities and changing definitions shift expectations surrounding museums about "a people." For such institutions, the forces of change weigh heavily, and the opportunity for redefinition is exciting and urgent. This session addresses the need to transcend museum boundaries. It explores why new approaches are needed and how museums can navigate identity and identity politics. Ultimately it asks: how can we transcend definitions of a "museum" to realize new potential, and how does this lesson apply to museum interpretation on the whole?
- Learn how changes in audiences mandate reconsidering museum narratives, strategies, and techniques.
- Learn to question conventional museum narratives, strategies, and techniques and the assumptions they make about our audiences.
- Learn to experiment with boundary-stretching approaches that are more inclusive, complex, and meaningful to contemporary audiences.
Asian Pacific American Center
Lisa Sasaki is Director of The Audience and Civic Engagement Center at the Oakland Museum of California. Previously, she worked at the Japanese American National Museum as the Director of Program Development, where she oversaw an initiative on how a culturally specific, community-based museum could respond to changing American demographics. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Western Museums Association's Board of Directors.
Jewish Museum of Maryland