This chapter in a museum education reference work is an in-depth study of “Stay Gold: An Intergenerational LGBTQIA+ Arts Program” offered in 2020-2021 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson AZ (MOCA Tucson).
The three authors were all involved in key ways in designing and implementing “Stay Gold.” The study is unusual for its detailed history and discussion of the rationale for the program, how it was developed collaboratively with participants, how it was implemented and the effect it has had on individual participants and the overall gay community.
Few cultural institutions have or take the time to document and analyze specific initiatives in a similar way. The study is also unusual as an effort by museum staff and consultants to communicate with peers in other institutions regarding the development of a key program. The Chapter concludes with suggestions on how other types of cultural institutions might develop similar programs.