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Queering Community Through Intergenerational Arts Experiences in the Museum.

“Stay Gold” is an intergenerational arts program for LGBTQIA+ people, that the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson has offered for several years. In this article the three individuals who contributed to the design and implementation of the program describe their effort to assess the program from the perspective of the participants.

Through in-depth interviews they tried to learn how such programs build museums’ capacities to work with “marginalized audiences” and how participants can build cross-age relationships through art-making experiences.

The article is important as a discussion of a successful LGBTQIA+ creative aging program that: (1) connects generations while building community, and (2) that has been institutionalized. It is also an important example of an LGBTQIA+ program assessment that can help MOCA Tucson and other museums refine their programs for a growing constituency.

A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men

In 2015, the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK) produced a Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men that is a key resource for museums throughout the UK.  The Handbook resulted from a year long research project by Ed Watts, the Whitworth’s Engagement Manager.  He and other Whitworth staff were trying to find a solution to the persistent problem of reaching and involving older men in museum programs.  Watts’ research findings, especially case studies of successful programs around the UK, form part of the handbook, along with a section on practical tips for ways to work with older men in cultural settings. The handbook has relevance for museums beyond the UK that face the same problem of low participation by older men.

Van Gogh Meets: How the van Gogh Museum Helps People Grow Older in Good Health

In 2018, the van Gogh Museum — one of the best known and visited museums in the Netherlands — organized special days at the museum for visitors 70+, many of whom had not previously visited the Museum. Museum staff commissioned MARE, a research group, to conduct research on these visitors with the goal of learning how the museum might serve them through special activities and programs. This research revealed that the program encourages elderly people to actively participate in art and culture. It also clearly stimulates a desire amongst elderly people to participate in more activities in this field.