Delivering socially engaged programming : tools, methods, and models

This thesis discusses socially engaged museum programming, defined as programming that uses museum content as a catalyst for providing a service. Museum program practitioners can review the thesis to learn best practices. Chapter 2 reviews the museum field’s shift from a collections focus to an audience focus, and the role of museum education within that shift. Techniques for delivering programming and operating programming are reviewed in Chapter 3. Three case studies are presented, namely: The Pacific Science Center’s Science On Wheels; The Tenement Museum’s Shared Journeys', and The Hull Lifesaving Museum’s Maritime Apprentice Program. Case studies reveal how socially engaged programming models can operate, and how content can be delivered. Analysis of the case studies and literature review indicate best practices in content delivery and program management, discussed in Chapter 7. In Chapter 8, recommendations are made, and it is concluded that museum programming can be essential to communities.