SEE, THINK, DO: Multicultural Art Outreach Development in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon
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Art is a way to document our history by showing us what we were, how we live today, and where we can be in the future. For this reason, art education can help students understand something about themselves and others. This is especially significant in teaching and learning different cultures and perspectives. In understanding the value of art in society and its role in both documenting and initiating cultural change, the art museum is a pivotal cultural institution. Art museums become places for learning, experiencing, and engaging with ideas and objects, and are institutions for life-long learning. Historically, the role and purpose of museums have evolved and changed in an effort to better serve communities. As such, there is a need to focus on the diversity of the audience, such as different ages, learning styles, backgrounds, and emotional and physical abilities, and to provide an enhanced learning opportunity within the physical space of the museum and galleries. In order to ensure the effectiveness of educational programs, materials should offer diverse approaches to learning and choices in the learning process. This master’s project explores the effectiveness of outreach materials and determines what guides the design process of multicultural outreach programming at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.