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In-reach: New Directions in Museum-Community Partnerships

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:00 am -- 4:00 pm
at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

Sponsored by the Castellani Art Museum and the AFS Folklore and Museums Section


Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM)
Michael Knoll (HistoryMiami Museum)
Edward Millar
(Castellani Art Museum)
Suzanne Seriff (University of Texas, Austin)

The fourth Experiments in Exhibition Workshop, organized in collaboration with the Castellani Art Museum, explores the unique skills that museum-based folklorists can bring to community-generated initiatives and projects beyond the museum walls. While most of us are experts in drawing on community lore and voices for our own exhibition and outreach projects, this workshop explores “in-reach,” following the recommendation of the American Alliance on Museums. The workshop will address how to inventory our unique museum-related assets and skill sets to more effectively serve our collaborating community partners in their own curatorial, archival, or storytelling projects. After a participatory exercise in institutional asset mapping, the workshop will address the transferability of curatorial, digital storytelling, and archival skills to community developed projects; propose strategies for framing and communicating these skills; and discuss challenges in balancing such community needs and commitments with the demands of our own museum-based initiatives.  Workshop participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm real-life solutions, based on their own newly honed tools of the trade, with members of Buffalo’s Turkish and Bhutanese Nepali communities, who will seek advice for how to effectively implement their nascent ideas for low-budget community projects.

Register by August 31.

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