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ERIC Number: EJ1163025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Engaging Families in the Galleries Using Design Thinking
Larson, Lucy
Journal of Museum Education, v42 n4 p376-384 2017
The Palo Alto Art Center sought a solution to the challenge that loyal family audiences, visiting weekly for art studio classes, rarely visit the contemporary art exhibition galleries. This article relates the experience of using the human-centered design process, often called Design Thinking, as the methodology to create a solution for family engagement and interpretation. Design Thinking is an approach to problem solving that puts users and their needs first, often called problem finding. After taking the time to truly understand the user and the challenge, the process emphasizes collaboratively generating ideas and then prototyping, testing, and gathering user feedback; this circular process repeats until the final product is created. This year-long project culminated in the creation of an Art Cart with 24 Activity Cards and art supplies available for free in the Art Center lobby.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Grant or Contract Numbers: MA11150201415