Listen, Welcome, Co-create: Three Steps Toward True Community Engagement

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Listen, Welcome, Co-create: Three Steps Toward True Community Engagement

What does it mean to work WITH instead of FOR your community? Now more than ever, we need safe community spaces where people can listen to each other. How can museums and science centers increase our relevance and contribute to powerful community change?

Explora in Albuquerque, NM made a decision to turn outwards, using the community as a reference point for strategic planning and design making. Formal listening sessions have helped Explora staff understand their community and its rhythms, teaching them about the aspirations, concerns, and challenges shared by citizens of Albuquerque. This listening process has created a framework around which Explora can engage more deeply and serve as a relevant community anchor and change agent.

Join ASTC and the Explora team, including Kristin Leigh--recognized recently for this work with a Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for non-CEO Leadership in the Field--to learn more about Explora’s three-part listen, welcome, co-create community engagement strategy.

  • Co-facilitate a listening session in Albuquerque to experience it firsthand
  • Engage in frank conversations about unexpected pitfalls
  • Meet community partners who will speak to the role museums can play in affecting real change
  • Work with your colleagues in the field to draft community engagement strategies you can practice when you return home

This two-day workshop includes:

  • Free two-day admission to Explora
  • Catered breakfast and lunch for both days
  • Resources to take back to your institution

April 13, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST and April 14, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST
Location: Explora, Albuquerque
Cost: $250 for ASTC members; $275 for ASTC nonmembers

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This workshop is a partnership between ASTC and Explora

Questions? Contact the ASTC Professional Development Team at (202) 783-7200 or
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