Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Staikidis, Kryssi

Second Advisor

Freedman, Kerry

Third Advisor

Boughton, Douglas

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)


School of Art and Design


Historically museums exist as object centered spaces with little consideration of the community and artists that support them. Therefore museums as pedagogical sites must reorient themselves to become people centered spaces incorporating participatory pedagogical experiences for both community members and artists.

There is a lack of research in place-based pedagogies in museum education. It is important now more than ever to recognize the need to center community in museum education. This study will seek to investigate how museums can exact meaningful change through their educational practices and create a sense of belonging in museums for their immediate community. The outcomes of this study will help museum educational departments critically examine their practices and move towards pedagogy that connects.