Through one-on-one project support and funding, the Sites of Conscience: Strengthening Museums to Foster Social Resilience project is equipping leaders from ten museums, serving over a million visitors annually, to help its communities emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a targeted training program, group mentoring, and one-on-one support, two museum leaders from each of the ten museums and historic sites will gain the skills needed to address the community needs they have identified as priorities and support the resilience of community members affected disproportionately by COVID-19. Following the training program, each museum will receive a stipend to launch an innovative, community-centered engagement program that serves its specific local needs. A robust evaluation plan will measure the impact of the synchronous virtual training on the museum professionals and the impact of the community projects on local audiences.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [CAGML-248024-OMLS-20]