Nancy BERLINER 白鈴安
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Reaching the All Audiences: Education, Outreach and Programming at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and at Yin Yu Tang at the Peabody Essex Museum

Currently Curator of Chinese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and formerly Curator of Chinese Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, Nancy Berliner will give an introduction to the collections and missions of each of these two museums - including a discussion of the role of the Yin Yu Tang house project at the Peabody Essex Museum. Berliner spearheaded the re-location, re-erection and the curating of this 18th century house from Anhui Province which is now installed as it appeared when it was last occupied in the 1980's. Presentations about the two museums will focus on the interaction between the curatorial departments and the education, programming and interpretation departments at each museum. These departments and sub-departments each have their own specific roles in the museum, and their own approaches and missions in reaching out to the many distinct communities that the museums serve. Effective museum experiences rely on the expertise of individuals from all of these departments working together to ensure all audiences (adults and children, specialists and general interest groups) enjoy and learn from their museum experiences.