Museum Education in Times of Radical Social Change
Museum educators in the United States and Canada are no strangers to controversy and challenge: tight budgets and limited resources, economic recession, the politics of cultural heritage and exhibition development, debates over public value and accessibility, and the challenge to remain relevant in a media saturated world. Challenges such as these engage the attention of museum workers around the globe daily. Yet many international museum professionals also contend with challenges far beyond the experiences of most US or Canadian museums. How does a museum survive the transition from communism to capitalism? How does a museum survive war and the collapse of a nation? How are museum partnerships built among former wartime enemies? What challenges do museum educators face in post-conflict societies? And perhaps more importantly, how are such challenges met?