Museums: Recent Trends

Posted April 2017 in the 20th anniversary issue of CultureWork, an online publication of the Center for Community Arts & Cultural Policy, University of Oregon.

Consulting = Responsibility + Collaboration

Alice Parman explores museum/exhibit consultation as a balance between collaboration and responsibility. Questions are addressed about guiding clients in ethical ways for pursuing aspirations within their capabilities. Parman also outlines ways of developing a collaborative environment that combines consultant expertise with client knowledge and passion. Caveats and tips are offered for potential museum/exhibit development in which clients can make the most of their work with a consultant.
Published in the University of Oregon's CultureWork

The Museum’s Community Role

“Where do museums fit in? Here’s a diagnostic tool for evaluating a particular museum’s community role. Remember: a museum can play more than one role. Also, you may think of additional roles that describe an institution you’re familiar with.” Read article.
Published in the University of Oregon's CultureWork

A grandmother’s challenge to architects

“PRESERVE AND RESTORE SAFE OPEN SPACES where children can play under the eyes of their parents and grandparents…”

The Big Picture: Strategic Planning and Interpretive Master Planning

“As a middle schooler, I was entranced by a cartoon (in Mad Magazine, as I recall) that showed two prisoners chained by the hands and feet several yards above the floor of a windowless dungeon. One said to the other, ‘Now here’s my plan…’”

Planning Exhibits for the Museum at Warm Springs

“How does a small, close-knit community, whose short-term history goes back nearly 150 years, plan a museum that will teach its own children about their cultural heritage, and attract, educate, and entertain tourists at the same time?”

Showcasing Your Piece of History
Interpretive Master Planning

“…There’s nothing mystical about the process of interpretive master planning, but its results can be transformative. ”

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