THESIS ABSTRACT 2005
Cultural Citizenship, the Museum, and Social Space
Museums in the U.S are increasingly looking at 18-34 year olds as a new audience for events. By incorporating elements from the commercial cultural sector, museums are promoted as a place to socialize and be entertained. The combined effects of this within the museum setting position the events in the gap between mass culture and elitism. Along with the emphasis on socializing and the focus on objects and image, this position generates tensions between seeing and doing, and wanting and becoming. An atmosphere based around desire and identity is created. In turn, museums are presented with the opportunity to use this type of programming to generate audience interest and promote a new kind of cultural citizenship. Establishing audiences in this way allows museums to continue developing programming that utilizes the commercial cultural sector and is supported by the museum members and patrons.
Jacqueline received her undergraduate degree in Performing Arts, with a concentration in Choreography from Colorado State University. Before attending SAIC, she lived in San Francisco where she worked in the development and events department at American Institute of Architects. In addition, she founded a multidisciplinary art collective, co-produced a choreographer’s showcase, and performed in experimental theater and dance productions.
Thesis Advisor: Nicholas Lowe, Visiting Artist, Arts Administration
Thesis Reader: Michael Dorf, Adjunct Professor, Arts Administration