Online Course: “Creating Exhibitions Through the Collective”


The online training centre Museum Study is offering a new four-week course entitled “Creating Exhibitions Through the Collective: Insight into Community Co-Curation”, starting on 2 October.

In this course, participants will investigate how community involvement during all stages of the exhibit development process can lead to  interpretation that is credible, community empowerment, and advocacy. Tips and strategies will be provided to build sustainable frameworks for this type of engagement.

The topics covered in this class are heavily dependent on seeking out a multitude of community voices and developing strategies for external participatory engagements in a collective manner. The course will encourage participants to generate and refine their own strategies for community engagement.

Learning Objectives

Class participants will learn methods and strategies for Community Co-Curation/The Community Process, including the following:

A) Exhibit Team: Building a community-based exhibitions team

B) Exhibit Process

  • Initial Outreach
  • Exhibit Development
  • Research and Gathering
  • Exhibit Design
  • Exhibit Opening
  • Follow-up

C) Community Advisory Committees (CAC)

  • Outreaching to Potential CAC Members
  • Selecting CAC Members
  • Partnership Examples

The course is facilitated by Saul Sopoci Drake, exhibitions developer / project director with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

Further information

Museum Study is a US-based organisation whose mission is to help current and future professionals build a better cultural institution and be stronger members of their teams, through online professional development.

The online course “Creating Exhibitions Through the Collective: Insight into Community Co-Curation” addresses the Audience and Interpretation Standards of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

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