The Public Museum: A Place of Cultural Definition or Cultural Exchange?

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Over the last century, museums have come to serve as the repositories of the emblems of culture, with representations of who we are and how we see the world. But, whose view is represented? Does a museum have a social responsibility to see the world from the eyes of all or is it enough to represent a singular point of view? Who constitutes a museum’s stakeholders, and what relationship should a museum have to these groups? And, do museums fulfill a social responsibility by advancing cultural instruction or should they enable cultural exchange?

An argument is presented for defining the role of the museum as that of an institution which should engage its potential public. It reviews the evolving role of the museum over time and presents a case for making the museum a place of cultural exchange rather than a place where a dominant culture presents concepts and standards to peripheral groups.


Keywords: Arts Management, Stakeholder, Social Responsibility
Stream: Arts Policy, Management and Advocacy
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Robert Klonoski

Assistant Professor, Business Administration, Mary Baldwin College
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Robert Klonoski, M.B.A., J.D., is an Assistant Professor of Business at Mary Baldwin College, Virginia, USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. His main research interests are in entrepreneurship in the non-profit and voluntary sectors and in corporate social responsibility.
He has published on the topic of the organization and management of artists' cooperatives.

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