On September 6th-8th, 2018, Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Exhibitions (MEX) faculty and students from the Department of Art Education participated in the Eleventh International Conference on The Inclusive Museum in Granada, Spain. Presenters included Dr. Pat Villeneuve, Dr. Ann Rowson Love, MEX Master student Tyler Law, Doctoral candidate Sarah Graves, and Doctoral student Alexua Lobaina. The following topics and papers were presented in conference sessions:
Dr. Pat Villeneuve’s presentation “InquiRing: Create Your Own Museum Experience” addressed information about a hand-held gallery tool with a menu of options that visitors may use to create their own museum experiences. Questions and multiple uses about this affordable, low-tech tool were covered in the session.
Dr. Ann Rowson Love and Tyler Law presented a paper titled “Threating Place Narratives: A Visitor-Centered Framework for Curating Contemporary Women Textile Artists”, which discusses a curatorial framework that combines feminist systems thinking theory with critical, place-based pedagogy for inclusive museum and visitor-centered exhibition development. Attendees were encouraged to adapt the presented framework to their own place narrative in their museums.
Sarah Graves’ presentation, called “Sharing Experiences: Volunteer Motivation and retention in an Art Museum”, addressed research findings from a study that explored the relationship between motivation factors for volunteers in the art museum setting, and how their experiences affected satisfaction and retention. The research aimed utilized a phenomenological case study that encompassed a mixed-methods approach, which examined the research question proposed.
Alexia Lobaina presented a paper titled “In-Between Borders: Facilitating Cultural Encounters Within the Museum as Civic Space”. This paper discusses an analysis of art museums as sites of sociocultural pedagogical transformation, by applying Gloria Anzaldúa’s borderland theory as a lens through which to explore the “border cultures” – or third spaces – that develop within socially charged civic sites. By examining how borderlands form and what transpires in the interstices between cultures, Alexia explores how these encounters can be used to increase relationality and cultural exchange within art museums.
Next year, the conference will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where FSU faculty and students will have the opportunity to present on various topics of museum inclusivity abroad and engage in interactive workshops and sessions, all while connecting with other global colleagues and innovators in the field.