Museums that care : socially responsive art museum practices and motivations

dc.contributor.advisorMayer, Melinda M.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBolin, Paul E.en
dc.creatorSchneider, Abbey Lynnen
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-19T20:31:19Zen
dc.date.available2010-10-19T20:31:19Zen
dc.date.available2010-10-19T20:31:43Zen
dc.date.issued2010-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2010en
dc.date.updated2010-10-19T20:31:44Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis research study provides answers to questions pertaining to current practices in the art museum field regarding socially responsive programming and the motivations for developing and implementing such programs. Socially responsive programming is programming that encourages dialogue and debate about social, economic and political issues in order to promote honesty, fairness, concern for the rights and welfare of others, empathy, and compassion (Desai & Chalmers, 2007). The study engaged a mixed methods approach by utilizing a survey and three case studies. The purpose of the survey was to gauge the position of the field in relation to their values and support of socially responsive programs. Janes’ and Conaty’s (2005) four characteristics of socially responsive museums: seeing social issues and acting to create social change (idealism); building and sustaining strong relationships with the community (intimacy); investing time for reflection and resources to fully understand social issues (depth); and judging the museum’s worth, not based on building size, prestige of collections, or attendance numbers, but on the quality programs a museum provides to the community (interconnectedness) guided the construction of the survey and served as an analytical tool for the case studies. The survey sample resulted from distributing the survey through major museum-themed listservs. The survey also aided in identifying three exemplars of socially responsive museum. These institutions, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, comprised a purposeful sample in order to further investigate museum staff members’ motivations for creating and instituting socially responsive art museum practices.en
dc.description.departmentArt and Art History
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-08-1766en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectSocialen
dc.subjectSocially responsiveen
dc.subjectCivic engagementen
dc.subjectArt museumsen
dc.subjectArt museum educationen
dc.titleMuseums that care : socially responsive art museum practices and motivationsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentArt and Art Historyen
thesis.degree.disciplineArt Educationen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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