November 11, 2022
Beach Museum of Art education staff present at Mountain Plains Museum Association meeting
Beach Museum of Art education staff presented "Using Visual Conversations to Facilitate Dialogue, Discussion, and Engagement," at the Mountain Plains Museum Association meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in October.
The session was based on the idea that museums can provide a space for dialogue, multiplicity and models of listening to understand perspectives versus listening to argue a point. The session highlighted efforts by the Beach Museum of Art to engage visitors in productive conversations and included a demonstration of visual thinking strategies in parallel with the Principles of Civic Discourse, developed by Tim Schaffer, a former K-State professor.
Kathrine Schlageck, associate curator of education; Kim Richards, museum specialist; and Georgia Allgier, gallery teacher, shared K-State collaborations with Kansas 4-H and K-State Research and Extension: "Stories Matter: Growing Empathy in Youth through Social Justice Engagement/Community Conversations," K-State Center for Engagement and Community Development and K-State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, Leadership Studies 212, and Communications 550.