Virtual Fieldtrips: Connecting Cultures and Breaking Barriers

Lightning Talk

Thursday, April 02, 2020: 11:00am - 12:30pm -

Frantz Lucien, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, United States

For centuries, museums have been a resource for cultural knowledge and exploration. They serve as conduits to the past, as they engage visitors in a unique and tangible way. Museums can evoke discovery and wonder; if one has access to them. Often times, museums, are viewed by the disenfranchised as places reserved for the elite and privileged, and because of this, these institutions become places from which marginalized individuals exclude themselves. So how do we include them? By giving them agency and ownership of the museum, which enables them to include what they experience into their cultural identity. The Community Engagement team at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum seeks to create authentic museum experiences for individuals and groups who wouldn’t be able to otherwise have them, and this includes global citizens. Our Virtual Fieldtrip programs, aid us in accomplishing our mission, while creating a unique cultural experience for all parties involved.