Bringing “Museums” to Stressful Environments: Strengthening Families Through Engagement & Play

  • Sunday, October 8, 2023
  • 9:15 am - 10:30 am
  • Hilton Pasadena, Monterey Ballroom


Alissa Rupp, Principal Museum Designer, FRAME | Integrative Design Strategies
Hayley Freilich, Director of Healthcare & Patient Experience, Metcalfe
Caitlin Luttjohann, Vice President of Play and Learning, Kansas Children's Discovery Center


Adrienne Testa, Director of Exhibits and Facilities, Sciencenter


  • Community Engagement, Other, Visitor Experience

Learning Format: Active Learning

Museums, hospitals and prisons share a value: strengthening our communities by helping families during challenging times. Hear from museum professionals who have contributed education, research and design expertise to support these unlikely – but important – partnerships. The resulting installations engage children, families, and the staff who serve them, and highlight the connections between emotional engagement, feeling safe, and learning. Presenters will emphasize the equity and inclusion aspects of this work, and help you imagine similar collaborations.