What the Public Thinks is a major initiative organized through the Museum Association in the UK to guide cultural heritage development into the 2020s. In addition to video and discussion, the link contains a pdf report available for download at no cost.
Skills for Change is a microvolunteer online platform where nonprofits receive free input from experts on everything from logos, document translation, program development, website critique – virtually any type of consult that can be accomplished online.
The U.S. Federation of Friends of Museums mission ” . . . is to encourage volunteer efforts for museums and to facilitate an exchange of information among Friends organizations, both nationally and internationally.” The organization publishes a newsletter and offers grant opportunities. The focus of the group is more on formal friends groups and less on individual museum supporters.
From the Corporation for National and Community Service are demographic data on volunteerism across the United States. The site contains a” . . . comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.”
Special Needs Inclusion Resources
The U.S. Census reports demographic data specific to individuals with special physical or cognitive needs.
The Disabilities Studies Reader by Lennard J. Davis “. . . breaks new ground by emphasizing the global, transgender, homonational, and posthuman conceptions of disability. Including physical disabilities, but exploring issues around pain, mental disability, and invisible disabilities, this edition explores more varieties of bodily and mental experience.”
Center for the Disease Control and Prevention’s comprehensive Disability Overview defines terminology and scope necessary for developing an inclusion policy. The Center’s People First Language Description Sheet is a guide for the correct and incorrect forms of addressing visitors with special needs.
Best Buddies is a world-wide advocacy and support network “dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” With chapters in all 50 U.S. states, Best Buddies is an excellent resource to consult for museum inclusivity policy and program development.
Kids Included Together is a national nonprofit that addresses the special needs of children. The website includes reports and white papers that museums will find useful to develop inclusive programming.
The Kitchen Sink
Robert Connolly’s blog, Archaeology Museums and Outreach contains numerous posts on service learning and applied student projects in Museums. For example, see here, here, and here.
Robert P. Connolly and Natalye B. Tate, “Volunteers as Mission,” Collections. 7 (2011):325. This paper explores the different types of volunteer opportunities ranging from contributory to co-creative experiences.