Employing the philosophical approach of cosmopolitanism, the authors re-frame their research on the Artists and Sense of Place museum-school residency program at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. The program concentrated on placing artists represented in the permanent collection in their own neighborhood elementary schools to explore sense of place and to build community ownership of a new art museum. Resulting works of art were exhibited at the museum and later entered the collection and were installed at the school sites. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, the neighborhoods of New Orleans drastically changed. In addition to a changed demographic and shifting cultural identity in New Orleans, the role of memory-keeping added another layer of meaning to the residency projects and their place in the art museum. Over the past few years, the presenters conducted content analysis from artifacts, collected over a ten-year period, – evaluations, photo archives, written curriculum materials – and conducted interviews with principals and artists. Theoretical frameworks applied to this work included social justice and critical place-based pedagogy, but findings also suggest a new frame, one that provides a philosophical orientation toward inclusive museum practices regarding museum-school residency programs. Cosmopolitanism is generally considered a philosophical orientation that moves beyond multiculturalism and pluralism. It encompasses both local, or place-formed, cultural identity as well as shared identities and values across boundaries. Through the lens of cosmopolitanism, the authors will address cultural identity understandings of residency participants – artists, students, principals, museum educators – and ultimately, how this case study offers insights into inclusive museum practices for our visitors.
|Keywords:||Cosmopolitanism, Place-conscience Education, Cultural Identity, Art Museum-school Residency, Social Justice Issues|
Doctoral Student, Culture, Curriculum, and Change, School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Director, Museum Studies, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, USA
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