Next-Generation Learning: Asking Around

11154961_10205774211545734_262573898902355917_oOur 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._DSC1695

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.

Questions posed:

  • 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.

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