How The Theory Of Civic Engagement Can Be Used For Create Successful And Sustainable Collaborations Between Museums And The

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Discussion
The following section will examine several case studies to highlight concrete examples of how the theory of civic engagement can be used to create successful and sustainable collaborations between museums and the communities they serve.

Case Study 1: Developing Exhibit Programming at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The case study of the preparation of the arrival of the traveling exhibit Race: Are We so Different? by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Cole 2014) demonstrates how this approach of institutional capacity to create, sustain, and nourish relationships with community members can be achieved successfully beyond the realm of theory. Specifically, this case lends insight into how the surrounding community can be brought into the discussion and creation of developing a program to accompany an exhibit. The big approach with the Carnegie Museum was what Cole (2014) calls ground level thinking and innovation. It was a small exhibit team that was tasked with developing the programming to be associated with the Race exhibit at Carnegie. They created the steps that allowed for a successful development of programming that the community felt was useful and addressed issues of cultural inclusion, race equity, and other community efforts that were happening surrounding the topic of race.
Before even engaging with the community however, Carnegie established coherent outcomes the museum hoped they would gain from the Race exhibit. For the audience, the…
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