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May 19, 2019

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) 2019

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) 2018 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo will take place on May 19-22, 2019, in New Orleans. Visit Booth #1629 to talk to our team and attend our session on Community Engament and Impact. See details below.

How culturally-specific museums are revolutionizing visitor expectations

With the creation of a new National Museum on the mall, expectations and support for culturally specific museums, such as African American museums, and those telling the stories of other culturally specific communities have never been higher. Booked to capacity, and wowing visitors en-mass the NMAAHC has set a high standard of visitor experience, both through exhibitions and interpretation but also though community engagement. How does the creation of a significant national tourist destination effect and affect smaller culturally specific museums, historic sites and cultural spaces? How does this challenge our approaches to representation in culturally specific spaces? And how can we learn from this example to bolster and advocate for the many other spaces which tell culturally specific stories on local, regional or state scales. This interactive lecture will bring perspectives from state government systems, museums and consultants to analyze the effects the NMAAHC has on the museum community and in specific how this has changed visitor expectations at the community level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about how visitor expectations have changed in the wake of the opening of the NMAAHC at other culturally specific museums
  • Participants will come to understand ways to capitalize on these benefits
  • Participants will develop a deeper knowledge of how to effectively meet and exceed community expectations

Session Organizer and Moderator: Joy Bailey-Bryant – Vice President, Lord Cultural Resources

With presenters: 

  • Brenda Tindal – Director of Education & Engagement, International African American Museum
  • Marion Gill – Associate Director of Special Projects, Princeton University
  • Angela Thorpe – Director, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Joy Bailey Bryant

Joy is a Vice President with Lord Cultural Resources. A cultural planning specialist, certified interpretive planner, and outreach facilitator, Joy works with city officials, institutional leaders, and developers, in global municipalities like Chicago; New York; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Dharan, Saudi Arabia to creatively plan cities and bring people to public institutions. 

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