Museums are increasingly recognized as civic spaces, safe places where people can engage difficult ideas and explore new ways of thinking. When discussing cultural issues, this ability becomes a powerful way to transcend the traditional understanding of museums as merely homes to objects, reaching instead to an engaging interactive contemporary space, where the intangible is valued at least equally with the tangible. I use the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) as case studies to explore various ways of incorporating first voice into cultural heritage conservations within traditional museum settings that work to redefine these places as civic spaces.
|Keywords:||Civic Spaces, First Voice, Intangible Heritage|
Outreach Manager, Community and Constituent Services, Washington, DC, USA
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