WHO is Telling Your Story?

As the world has shifted to a one that champions user-generated content, museums have reacted to new visitor expectations in a number of ways.  Recent exhibitions, programming, and media offerings reflect new methodologies incorporating communities. This general discussion will focus on how cultural institutions are using community members and other outside interpreters to engage visitors and present a variety of perspectives.  As staff is tied down by administrative responsibilities and volunteer numbers decline, some historic sites have turned to community interpreters for pragmatic as well as more philosophical reasons: including different voices, community outreach, attracting new audiences, engaging the public in content development or simply ensuring that tours are covered – there are diverse reasons to adopt this strategy.  Who are the interpreters at your site?  Do you utilize community members as interpreters already; if so in what ways?  Are you interested in pursuing this opportunity in the future?  Join us as we discuss how and why this may assist history organizations in Maryland.

About Robert Forloney

Robert Forloney is currently the Director of the Center of Chesapeake Studies at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Saint Michaels. He has worked in the field a variety of ways over the past fifteen years as a teacher for the New York City Museum School as well as an educator, administrator and consultant at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Morgan Library, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and the South Street Seaport Museum. Whether working at an art institution or a history museum, Robert attempts to make objects and images accessible to audiences through facilitating conversations as well as utilizing experiential learning techniques.
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One Response to WHO is Telling Your Story?

  1. Kelly Palich says:

    Hi Rob! I think this fits in with my session on making museums relevant to the community!!! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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