Paper $9.95 ISBN: 9780914868576 Published April 2003

Urban Network

Museums Embracing Communities

Edited by Jennifer Amdur Spitz and Margaret Thom

Urban Network
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Edited by Jennifer Amdur Spitz and Margaret Thom

Distributed for Field Museum of Natural History

140 pages | 7-1/2 x 11 | © 2003
Paper $9.95 ISBN: 9780914868576 Published April 2003
The main goal of Urban Network is to improve the equality of access to museum learning for all people. To this end, ten major museums in five metropolitan areas across the U.S. have developed innovative programs and strategies to attract, serve, and engage diverse audiences. In this book, members share effective practices and resources, advancing a national dialog on community engagement. The finished product documents our current understanding, pointing the way to future initiatives and offering practical help to others on the same path.
Section I
Introduction - Jennifer Amdur Spitz and Margaret Thom
Background of Urban Network
How to Use This Book
Section II: Essays
"Windows onto Worlds" - Bronwyn Bevan
"Urban Network in Context" - Ellen Wahl
"Making a Way Outta No Way" - Patricia Williams Lessane
Section III: Program Development Blueprint
Section IV: Evaluation
Section V: Case Studies
The Brooklyn Museum of Art - First Saturdays
American Museum of Natural History - Science and Nature Program for Young Children
The Field Museum - Field Ambassadors Program
The Art Institute of Chicago - Science, Art, and Technology
Science Museum of Minnesota - The Great Partners Program
Walker Art Center - Hallelujah/Minneapolis: In Praise of Beauty and Disorder
Houston Museum of Natural Science - A Systemic Sustained Partnership between a School District and a Museum
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Library Exhibition Programs
Oakland Museum of California - Latino History Project
Exploratorium - The High School Explainer Program: Not Just for the Visiting Public
Appendix: Urban Network Members
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