Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




The following report is the result of an internship with the oldest fine art institute in the city of New Orleans. I had the opportunity to work at the New Orleans Museum of Art within the Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement. Over the course of this internship, I observed the staff of this prolific organization create and facilitate educational experiences and public programming relating to special exhibitions and the permanent collection while appealing to all ages and supporting the Museum’s mission. This report seeks to summarize the history of the institution, outline particular programs, and to define the importance of interpretation and audience engagement within visual arts organizations. It concludes with recommendations deduced from best practices aimed to strengthen the connection between the community and this cultural legacy through interpretation and audience engagement.


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