Collaborative Meaning-Making: Programming Collections with Source Communities
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Museums are seen to be shifting towards an increasingly participatory structure, and museum staff are always looking for new ways to engage community-based audiences. This capstone research examines ways that museums support community engagement through polysemic meaning-making opportunities, specifically in relation to Alaskan source communities, suggesting that polysemic meaning-making can take place through collections-based programming, resulting in ongoing relations through these spaces of contact. These concepts are examined through the lens of capstone course work, bolstered by an extensive literature review.