The Museum as Social Worker and Agent for Change

The Museum as Social Worker and Agent for Change
Johnnetta Betsch Cole is the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums) in Atlanta, April 26-29, 2015. This year’s meeting theme is “Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change.” An anthropologist, museum director and educator who has mentored students from challenging backgrounds, Johnetta Cole is well-prepared to address the meeting's questions which include the following: What does it mean to advance the social engagement of museums? How are museums addressing human and social needs through their programs, practices and operations? And what kind of training and staff will be required to sustain this effort? How do we identify the social problems that we have the capacity to help solve? What strategies should we employ? We’ve been reporting on social value in art and social …