This report, published by the Denver Art Museum, details the Museum’s process of creating new experiences for children and their caregivers by increasing the Museum’s relevance and providing opportunities for family participation. The report is divided into four main sections covering the findings of what they learned about family experiences in museums; the process of developing and evaluating 15 different programs that promote play and build connections to art; profiles of the actual projects and programs that they instituted; and an audience evaluation tool kit for museum professionals.
Kids & Their Grownups: New Insights on Developing Dynamic Museum Experiences for the Whole Family. Denver Art Museum, 2013. Web. 13 May 2014.
“The Denver Art Museum has undertaken this project to explore how to increase our relevance and meaning to family audiences and how to build family participation in the museum—how to bring in the future. This project challenged us to permeate the galleries with new experiences for children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers.
The process of audience evaluation has pushed our practice by cultivating a critical mass of museum practitioners who are passionate about listening to visitors and creative about transferring their learning into family interpretive projects.
There are four main sections to this report, each of which may be of interest to different museum professionals—Findings, Process, Projects, and Evaluation Tool kit. Much of the information can be accessed in multiple ways, for example, family audience evaluation protocols can be found through links in the text or in the Evaluation Tool kit section.”
© Denver Art Museum 2013.