BASIC & APPLIED RESEARCHPeriodically, Audience Focus engages in research projects that have wider applications to museum practice in a variety of settings. These research projects are often collaborative ventures involving other researchers and/or museums and cultural organizations. The focus of these research projects evolves out of our evaluation work and seeks to address questions raised by and considered useful to the professional field at large.
Currently, we are involved in a collaborative research project on family learning in interactive spaces in art museums, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Our partners are the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY, and the Institute for Learning Innovation in Edgewater, MD. A website for this study will be launched in Fall 2009. The project is schedule to be completed in 2011.