Start Date

18-11-2020 1:30 PM

End Date

18-11-2020 3:00 PM

Type of Work

Poster

Description

Objective: To demonstrate how programming around NLM’s traveling exhibit program can be used to connect and engage with communities outside the medical library.

Methods: The Quillen College of Medicine library hosted NLM’s “From DNA to Beer” and “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn” exhibits and developed programming engaging with the university’s arts community, numerous locally owned businesses, and the local agricultural extension office.

Results: Exhibit planning was conducted with community engagement as a chief goal. Events included tours and talks at local craft breweries, trivia night at a downtown brewery, a bread-making workshop from extension agents, a presentation from a visiting national printmaking artist known for work about HIV/AIDS, and movie nights. Events were promoted via the web/social media, local news, and flyers placed at event sites and local comics shops. The planning and hosting of events at local businesses fostered town-gown connections, while arts talks engaged members of the university’s arts community who had not normally intersected with the medical library. Cooperation around complementary arts events also helped strengthen a connection with the university’s main visual arts museum. Overall, more than a thousand people engaged with the exhibits and surrounding programs and events.

Conclusions: Creative planning around NLM traveling exhibits can help forge new relationships with non-traditional partners throughout the community. Concrete examples of engaging events will be provided along with advice for focusing the exhibit planning process on community engagement.

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Nov 18th, 1:30 PM Nov 18th, 3:00 PM

Building Community Through Programming with NLM Traveling Exhibits

Objective: To demonstrate how programming around NLM’s traveling exhibit program can be used to connect and engage with communities outside the medical library.

Methods: The Quillen College of Medicine library hosted NLM’s “From DNA to Beer” and “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn” exhibits and developed programming engaging with the university’s arts community, numerous locally owned businesses, and the local agricultural extension office.

Results: Exhibit planning was conducted with community engagement as a chief goal. Events included tours and talks at local craft breweries, trivia night at a downtown brewery, a bread-making workshop from extension agents, a presentation from a visiting national printmaking artist known for work about HIV/AIDS, and movie nights. Events were promoted via the web/social media, local news, and flyers placed at event sites and local comics shops. The planning and hosting of events at local businesses fostered town-gown connections, while arts talks engaged members of the university’s arts community who had not normally intersected with the medical library. Cooperation around complementary arts events also helped strengthen a connection with the university’s main visual arts museum. Overall, more than a thousand people engaged with the exhibits and surrounding programs and events.

Conclusions: Creative planning around NLM traveling exhibits can help forge new relationships with non-traditional partners throughout the community. Concrete examples of engaging events will be provided along with advice for focusing the exhibit planning process on community engagement.