Museums and Community Conflict

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Lately we’ve seen a lot of conflict within communities across the nation. Here is a useful article by Melanie Adams, President of the Association of Midwest Museums, “Practical and Compassionate Advice on Museums and Community Conflict,” from Museum Commons.

As institutions focused on learning, the most obvious answer is to provide educational opportunities for the community to gather and learn more about the issue. This education should reflect the mission of the institution and work with its strengths. While education is an important building block on the road of community engagement, I challenge museums to do more. Instead of talking to the community, find ways to talk with the community. Look for opportunities to share your expertise in a way that benefits the community and contributes to the healing process. Read the rest HERE.


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