Subculture & Popular Culture: Negotiations of Alternative Communities in 21st Century Museums
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Museums, as social institutions, have a responsibility to communities to act as a public space where museum visitors can interact with source communities. To incorporate accurate representations of communities, museum professionals have worked to increase diversity in staffing, collections, and community interaction. This increase in diversity has changed the standards of museum practice, particularly for collaborating with source communities. However, these standards are often focused on museums of art, history, and anthropology. Other museums, such as popular culture museums, represent communities through exhibitions and programming without apparent collaboration with the source communities. Using the standards developed for collaborative environments in other museums, popular culture museums can benefit from creating a new collaborative environment that features a community as a whole rather than individuals.