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ERIC Number: EJ1140709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Inclusion Requires Fracturing
Anila, Swarupa
Journal of Museum Education, v42 n2 p108-119 2017
Inclusion strategies and approaches in interpretive planning processes for exhibitions are often resisted because they challenge precedents in museum practice. Maintaining traditional models may seem more comfortable for many museum professionals than to do the work of closely examining, fracturing, and transforming the practices that prioritize dominant cultural knowledge to the exclusion and alienation of multiple, increasingly diverse communities museums serve. This article asserts that when interpretive planning is rigorously and authentically visitor-centered and community-engaged, museums have the potential to perform decolonizing work. Examples of strategies in racial and cultural representation from recent projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts offer not a blueprint, but rather a variety of engagements that can support steps toward more responsible, equitable practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan (Detroit)
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