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March 2017

Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums

SPRING 2017 VIRTUAL SPECIAL ISSUE
Guest Editors: Vivian Haga and Naomi Ostwald Kawamura

In thinking about MER’s strategic goals, the upcoming 2017 AAM conference and what is relevant to museum professionals, we are excited to offer a virtual issue that highlights our past articles as it relates to the AAM conference theme “Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums.”

We write this as two museum professionals, colleagues, and MER Board members. Beyond this, we write this as two Asian-American women, children of immigrants, and both now experiencing life as new immigrants (Vivian in Japan and Naomi in Canada). The outsider experience is one that we both navigate and one that we both feel has relevance to the interrelated issues of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion. We brought this experience forward as we made our selection of articles for this Special Issue.

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Year Article Title Authors
2016

Museums as Contexts for Transformative Experiences and Identity Development

Joanna K. Garner
2016

Engaging Children with Autism at Historic Sites: Developing an Audience-appropriate Curriculum

Ansel Lurio
2016

Engaging the d/Deaf Audience in Museums: A Case Study at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Patricia Roque Martins
2016

Impacts of Art Museum-based Dementia Programming on Participating Care Partners

Katherine L. Lamar & Jessica J. Luke
2016

Museum Education for Children with Disabilities: Development of the Nature Senses Traveling Trunk

Hyojung Cho & Anna Jolley
2016

Art in the Moment: Evaluating a Therapeutic Wellness Program for People with Dementia and their Care Partners

Lucas Livingston, Gerri Fiterman Persin & Deborah Del Signore
2016

Healing and Empowering Veterans in a Botanic Garden

Barbara Kreski
2016

Accommodating Blind Learners Helps All Learners

Mary Ann Wojton, Joe Heimlich & Natalie Shaheen
2015

Building Connections: Strategies to Address Rurality and Accessibility Challenges

Sara Hartman & Jennifer Hines-Bergmeier
2014

Youth Empowerment and Contemporary Art: Where Are We Now?

Danielle Linzer
2014

Teens, New Media and Contemporary Art: Expanding Authority in the Museum Context

Ryan Hill & Joe Douillette
2015

Reel Teens, Real Tours: Teen Engagement Strategies for the One-Time Visit

Krista Dahl Kusama & Gabrielle Wyrick
2009

Beginning with Change: Resources for Building Diversity in Museums

Tara Turner
2015

The Arab American Museum: Cultural Competency Training in Post-9/11 America

Janice Ann Freij
2002

Listening to the Voices in Our Communities

Kim Igoe & Alexandra Marmion Roosa
1999

Crafting Community-Based Museum Experiences: Process, Pedagogy, and Performance

Katheryn E. Wilson
2015

Before We Were Us, We Were Them: Curating Controversy

Keri Watson