Crafting Identity, Creating Community, and Building Museum Exhibits
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The museum field is making efforts to become more community oriented and open to all of their stakeholders. This research is a case study of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, in Seattle, and their exhibit development policy, named, the Community-Based Exhibition Model. The museum’s policy is an example of a participatory museum program that involves specific communities in the work of the museum. The model’s purpose is to increase museum access and allow specific communities the opportunity for self-interpretation in the resulting exhibits. The research is developed from a review of literature, site visits to the museum, participation in the process of the model, and from my dialogue with former and current museum staff and community participants.