Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brandon & Gauguin ask the hard questions

Welcome to the Justice League! (aka the NYC Teen Museum Summit Week 1)

 To quote the title of Gauguin's tour de force "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going", last week teens tried to answer this question as it pertains to museums roles in society. Are museums simply a repository of objects and spaces preserved for future generations? Or can they be something different, a force for change? Marit Dewhurst led us through a riveting discussion of these questions and more as we tried to define the term "museum" and found ourselves mired in ambiguity. A particular emphasis was placed on the importance of the youth perspective. As potential museum educators and curators of the future it is our onus to ensure that we continue to build new bridges, different outreach approaches, and attract teens into the museum world. Museum education has a unique opportunity to provide supplementary and alternative spaces for education. As teens we can impart our experiences to shape those of future generations. by Brandon Eng