knowledges Integrated Arts Research Initiative Colloquium at the Spencer Museum of Art – November 5-7, 2019

Join us to reflect on the investigations and accomplishments of the Integrated Arts Research Initiative during the past three years, and look ahead to future explorations. This colloquium also serves as a pre-conference for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) national gathering hosted by KU.

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An Inquiry from Celka Straughn about Advisory Groups for Long-Term Installations

Subject: community advisory groups for long-term installations

Dear colleagues,

In the next few years, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will reinstall its four collection galleries. As we develop plans for the new long-term (multi-year) exhibitions, we want to solicit audience input to inform our work. Have any of you conducted audience surveys, focus groups, or otherwise engaged audiences with the development of long-term collection installations?

Any feedback you could provide on your approach or lessons learned would be very helpful, including how you gathered information from your audiences, what aspects of the exhibitions audiences weighed in on, how early in the planning process you invited audience input, how well you were able to integrate audience insights into your plans, etc. Hiring a firm or outside consultant is not an option at this point, so we’d be especially grateful for any thoughts about how to do this work internally using our own staff and resources.

Many thanks,

Celka Straughn

Celka Straughn

Andrew W. Mellon Director of Public Practice, Education and Research

Spencer Museum of Art

University of Kansas

1301 Mississippi Street

Lawrence, KS 66045


AJO: Social Histories: An Inquiry from the Integrated Arts Research Initiative

An essay written by Joey Orr, Curator for Research at the Spencer Museum of Art, and Imani Wadud, 2018–2019 Graduate Research Fellow for IARI.

Orr and Wadud discuss the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas (KU) and their vision to integrate collections into curricula and activating the space of the museum for campus-wide engagement. [Art Journal Open]