Heal Harm Protect: An Exploration of the Modern Museum's Relationship to Social Wellness

Caroline Siavichay
Exhibition and Experience Design

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Title
Heal Harm Protect: An Exploration of the Modern Museum's Relationship to Social Wellness
Contributor Names
Siavichay, Caroline (Author)
Cowan, Brenda (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Exhibition and Experience Design (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2023
Department: Exhibition and Experience Design
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 85-08
Advisor: Brenda Cowan
Committee members: Christina Lyons; Brooke Carlson
Abstract
This document is arranged in two sections. Part One explores theory, and Part Two outlines the application of this theory in an applied exhibition project.
Part One considers the opportunities in museum environments to foster prosocial behavior within communities, allowing visitors to tangibly work towards achieving societal wellness. The theory explores the use of ritual, social design goals and the group vs individual viewing balance necessary to achieve social cohesion in an exhibition setting by examining several factors for the visitor. First, the paper establishes the importance of a museum's role in a community as a place that utilizes social ritual to create feelings of belonging. It further explores the opportunity to further develop empathy and prosocial behavior by utilizing strategic viewing techniques from other methods of social gathering that have achieved great success in this area, such as theater and concerts. Finally, Part One proposes a new method of structuring design goals to include consideration of the social wellness that accompanies community representation and accessibility.
Part Two demonstrates the application of a community-centered design process that includes explicit goals of fostering prosocial behavior and community connection in a museum environment. The applied project includes all elements of exhibition content development and design including sourcing of historical artifacts, the design of graphics, 3D spaces, audio visual elements, lighting, and fabrication detailing documentation.
Keywords: Cultural heritage, Exhibit design, Irish folk custom, Museum, Social wellness, Viewing styles
Subject
Design
Museum studies
Social psychology
Cultural property
Irish
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000963
pqdiss: 30988785
URN/ISBN: 9798381448900
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Language
English
Publisher
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses,

Citation

Siavichay, C. (2023). Heal Harm Protect: An Exploration of the Modern Museum's Relationship to Social Wellness [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155971
Siavichay, Caroline. Heal Harm Protect: An Exploration of the Modern Museum's Relationship to Social Wellness. 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155971
Siavichay, Caroline. "Heal Harm Protect: An Exploration of the Modern Museum's Relationship to Social Wellness." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155971