Mastering Civic Engagement: A Challenge to Museums / Edition 1

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This call to action from AAM's Museums and Community Initiative challenges museums to pursue their potential as active, visible players in community life. An opening essay urges museums to reinvigorate their civic role and purposes and offers guideposts for inquiry and transformation. Other essays and reflections - from museum professionals and community practitioners - offer food for thought on the complex process of changing the terms of engagement between communities and museums.
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Contributors from museums, historical societies, and cultural organizations consider what assets museums contribute to the shared enterprise of building and strengthening community bonds. A report from the American Association of Museums describes the qualities of museums as civic enterprises and suggests questions that can guide inquiry about civic engagement. Essays on creating a framework for civic engagement look at how community foundations can help fulfil their civic mission. Brief perspectives look at community roots and the role of the museum board. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931201813
  • Publisher: American Alliance of Museums Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lou Casagrande

Preface by Frieda Nicholson and W. Richard West

Introduction by Robert R. Archibald

Exploring Museums & Community

Mastering Civic Engagement: A Report from the American Association of Museums by Ellen Hirzy

A Framework for Civic Engagement

The Civic Landscape by Christopher T. Gates

Coming to the Center of Community Life by Maria-Rosario Jackson

The Lens of Organizational Culture by Daniel Kertzner

How Community Foundations can Help Museums Fulfill their Civic Mission by Mariam Noland and Katie M. Goatley

Points of View: Reimagining Museums’ Civic Potential


Extending a Welcome by Charles K. Steiner

Community Roots by Ron Chew

A Visible Community Center by Rosann Guggino Garcia

Civic Engagement Starts with the Board by Ron L. Kagan

Looking for Reinvention by Don Checots

Forging a True Partnership by Dale Thompson

Building Bridges by Daniel E. Stetson

A Public Service Responsibility by Irene Hirano

Early Experiences by Njia Kai

Looking Outward by Kathleen Stiso Mullins



Museums & Community Task Force, Steering Committees, and Project Team


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