Date of Award
Richard Clemmer-Smith, Ph.D.
Bernadette M. Calafell
Collaboration, Community, Engagement, Identity, Latino, Museums
Many museums are now aspiring to collaborate and engage with Latino communities and the community as a whole. Due to Museo de las Americas status as a community museum, I predicted that I would find a collaborative effort already occurring between the institution and their community, which can aid in creating a sense of social inclusion by being committed to including diverse voices by having clarity of purpose that makes sense both within the context of the community and the institution itself. I used staff, volunteer and visitor interviews and observations of the program to evaluate the degree of collaboration and the experiences of the visitors, specifically Latinos. I discover the essential factors to genuinely engage community is through building internal capacity to create a community centered mindset and conclude with recommendations for how museums can approach community collaboration and engagement to have a significant social impact.
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Hernandez-Bravo, Maritza, "The Dynamics of Community Museums and Their Communities: Museo de las Americas' Spanish Happy Hour Fostering Social Inclusion for the Latino and Denver Metro Area Communities" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1282.
Received from ProQuest