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wheadon, nico, 1984–
Museum metamorphosis : cultivating change through cultural citizenship / nico wheadon.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2022]
Physical Description:
xxvi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reference Library
AM7 .W44 2022 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"This book uses curated roundtables, case studies and interviews with cultural innovators and changemakers in contemporary art who offer tools to dismantle institutional hierarchies and reshape museums into more vital and relevant forms"-- Provided by publisher.
"In this Museum Metamorphose: Cultivating Change Through Cultural Citizenship, over forty cultural innovators and changemakers in contemporary art share strategies for building sociocultural relevancy and responsiveness in museums. Representing diverse perspectives from across the entire arts and culture ecosystem, the book offers tools to reshape museums into collaborative platforms for collective impact and social change. Compiled during a moment of heightened social action, cultural transformation, and institutional critique, Museum Metamorphosis considers and responds to the following prompts: How will museums learn to embrace real-time change and adapt to meet the evolving needs of a rapidly shifting sociopolitical landscape? How can this metamorphosis open new pathways for engagement and encourage museums to meet more audiences where they are? Lastly, how might reconstituting the essential DNA of the museum recalibrate the power dynamics between communities and institutions, producing a sustainable model for engaged cultural citizenship?"--back cover.
Subject Terms:
Museums -- Management -- Social aspects -- Case studies.
Museums -- Management -- Social aspects.
Museums -- Social aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Museums -- Social aspects.
Museums and community -- United States.
Museums and community.
Museums and minorities -- United States -- Case studies.
Museums and minorities.
Organizational change -- United States -- Case studies.
Organizational change.
United States.
Case studies.
American Alliance of Museums.

  • Introduction: A crisis of relevance
  • Part I: Dialogues on decentralization
  • Museum as nexus: How to cultivate community engagement through artist-powered platforms / Jordan Casteel, Shaun Leonardo, Miguel Luciano, and Lina Puerta
  • Museum as medium: How to liberate the museum from the designed hierarchies that entomb it / Deborah Burke, Mario Gooden, and Maitland Jones
  • Museum as citizen: How to engage the commons and build a public art pedagogy / Eric Guy Booker, Maren Hassinger, Kendal Henry, and Diya Vij
  • Museum as apprentice: How to learn from the cultural entrepreneurship of people-powered organizations / Jamaica Gilmer, Kemi Ilesanmi, and Shani Peters
  • Museum as bridge: How to build relevance, equity, and sustained engagement through adult public programs / Chayanne Marcano, David Rue, and Lauren Argentina Zelaya
  • Museum as advocate: How to decolonize museum practices and drive a systemic call to action / Ryan N. Dennis, Vashti DuBois, Lauren Kelley, and Jasmine Wahi
  • Museum as stakeholder: How to retool the funding landscape and invest in a social change ecosystem / Shawnda Chapman, Ruby Lerner, and Melissa Cowley Wolf
  • Part II: Case studies in cultural citizenship
  • The Harlem semester: How to adapt art history into contemporary curricular tools / Elia Alba, Tina M. Campt, Connie H. Choi, Leslie Hewitt, and Shanta Lawson
  • Find art here: How to mold static museum collections into educational access initiatives / Jordan Casteel, Connie H. Choi, Dawn Brooks DeCosta, Shanta Lawson, and Kyle Williams
  • Artist grants initiative: How to redirect resources to shape future relationships / Nisa Mackie, Alexandra Nicome, and Victoria Sung
  • Designing motherhood: How to midwife equity inside and outside of museums / Juliana Rowen Barton, Michelle Millar Fisher, Zoë Greggs, Gabriella Nelson, and Amber Winick
  • Part III: Perspectives on praxis
  • On defining and building equity as a field / Interview with Nicole Ivy
  • On nuancing diversity and diaspora within black museums / Interview with Ariana A. Curtis
  • On shaping resilient arts-and-culture organizations / Interview with DéLana R. A. Dameron
  • On moving from gatekeeping to distributed leadership / interview with Sandra Jackson-Dumont
  • Conclusion: Cultivating change.