Our last blog post about the NCMA’s planning grant from IMLS introduced our guiding question: What is the unique role of art museums in supporting tomorrow’s learners in North Carolina and beyond? To develop an audience-based needs assessment, the project team had many conversations with groups identified as stakeholders in the planning process. The discussions revolved around four main themes: trends in education and museums, change, educator and student needs, and the museum’s role.
Our stakeholders included:
- Collaborative Planning Team members (12 educators and administrators from across the state who meet quarterly)
- NCMA Education staff
- NCMA Board of Trustees Education Committee
- NCMA staff members from the curatorial, marketing and communications, visitor services, performing arts, and planning and design departments
- Representatives from the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts North Carolina, and the Department of Public Instruction
- NCMA docents
- Educators participating in an #NCed twitter chat.
- What trends in education (schools/museums) have you seen in the past five years that will have lasting impact?
- What do you think will be the most powerful change in classrooms/museums in the next five years?
- What are the growing needs of educators and students across the state?
- What is the role of the art museum in the state?
We’ll share the results from these conversations in our next post.