Museums Involving Communities: Authentic Connections explores how museums can become more active and also considers how they might involve members of their local communities in their everyday work.

Examining the key components of the museum–community relationship, this book looks at both the impact of museums on the cultural and civic lives of local communities and the impact of local communities on the programs, collections, and organizational culture of museums. Advocating an accessible and inclusive approach to museum management, Kadoyama focuses on the role of museum leadership in fostering and deepening community relationships. The result offers insights into how relationships between communities and museums can be forged in practice, how museums can be involved in building healthier communities, and how community engagement strategies can be developed, implemented, and evaluated successfully.

Written by an experienced museum professional with extensive experience in community involvement and audience development, Museums Involving Communities is key reading for museum workers looking to make an impact, while building long-term relations with local communities, to the benefit of both museum and community. It should also be of great interest to students taking courses in museum and heritage studies.

part I|51 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

Defining Terms

chapter 2|16 pages

Building Healthier Communities

chapter 3|7 pages

Relevant Community Theory

chapter 4|8 pages

Museums and Communities Timeline

A History

part II|75 pages

Creating a Community Involvement Action Plan

part III|24 pages

Challenges, Outcomes, Impacts, and Accountability

chapter 9|6 pages


chapter 10|15 pages

Outcomes, Impacts, and Accountability