Models of community engagement in arts and culture

This section showcases research that looks at how cultural organisations can effectively reach out to the public. More information about this subject can be found at the Consultation Institute and Involve.

The summaries in this category are:

Best practice in community consultation by museums

This research was conducted by Kalliopi Fouseki at The Science Museum.

Summary

The research explores how community consultation is carried out by museums, and highlights in particular the perceptions of community members involved. It uses the case study of seven institutions and their development of exhibitions based on the 1807 Abolition …

By | 11 December 2014 |

Recruiting and retaining volunteers at a rural producing theatre

This research was conducted by Helen Bussell and Debora Forbes at the University of Teesside, UK

Summary

This paper describes best practice in volunteer management, focusing on a regional producing theatre in the UK. It looks at all aspects of the volunteering process – from recruitment and management through to retention. The …

By | 26 April 2014 |

Using participatory decision-making in the arts

This research was conducted by Leila Jancovich at Leeds Beckett University, UK

Summary

This paper looked at ways in which participatory decision-making can bolster the links between arts organisations and their local audiences, particularly those not traditionally engaged in the arts. It looked at two practical examples of participatory decision-making in …

By | 14 April 2014 |

Community consultation puts overstretched organisations on a better footing

This research was conducted by Ellen Rosewall at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA

Summary

The paper looked at developments in the state of Wisconsin in the USA, where ‘nearly 100’ capital projects have taken place since the early 1990s, a majority of the projects have a school connection and are …

By | 11 April 2014 |

Using the Repertory Grid Technique to consult diverse communities

This research was conducted by Ciara Canning and Kirsten Holmes at the University of Surrey, UK [Now at Curtin Business School, Australia]

Summary

This paper describes a process of community engagement in Sheffield using the ‘Repertory Grid Technique’. This informed the development of ‘Burngreave Voices’: a community project run by Sheffield …

By | 16 March 2014 |