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Monday, May 2 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Building Your Base: Strengthening Partnerships & Community Centered Museums

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Museums are increasingly recognizing the importance of community engagement and reaching a diverse audience. But strategies for engaging our community and expanding our audience are too often determined from within an institution. How can we use alternative strategies, grassroots models, and leverage existing civic-minded neighbors to build meaningful and sustainable partnerships within the community? Participants will learn about real experiments, successes, and failures in building one's community base within small museum and arts environments. We will consider how our personal connections to community, our own strengths as well as our limitations can lead us to build not only community engagement, but community connectedness.


Melissa Branfman

Melissa Branfman is an innovative educator and programmer, committed to creating dynamic small cultural spaces that welcome all audiences. Museum Director of the Wyckoff House Museum, an historic house museum located in the East Flatbush community. As both Director of Education and... Read More →

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher started her career in community engagement at Eyebeam Atelier, where she worked as a researcher on several environmental justice art projects. Through this, she became passionate about neighborhood advocacy and education. She has worked at several historic sites, focusing... Read More →

Kim Maier

Kim Maier is the Executive Director of the Old Stone House & Washington Park - a community-based education, environmental and cultural organization that is the conservancy organization for Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The Old Stone House, originally... Read More →

Ran Yan

Ran Yan received her Bachelor's in Architecture and Historic preservation at Tongji University, Shanghai, and subsequently studied Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell University in the U.S., where she conducted her Master's thesis research on the preservation of Shanghai's alleyway... Read More →

Monday May 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Morgan Dining Room 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

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