A Scientist Walks into an Art Museum… Engaging Audiences Across Disciplines


Chelsea Farrar, Curator of Community Engagement, University of Arizona Museum of Art
Carolina Chambers, Portal to the Public Project Coordinator, Pacific Science Center
Kelsey Van Voorst, Interpretation Manager, Conner Prairie


Dr. Karlisa Callwood, Vice President, Science Engagement & Outreach, Pacific Science Center


  • Community Engagement

Museums across the country engage audiences across the sciences, arts, and humanities to create interdisciplinary experiences that help visitors understand our complex world. Learn how an art museum, living history museum, and science center expanded upon these efforts by connecting with content experts from outside their core disciplines and highlighting them at interdisciplinary programs. This project, part of Portal to the Public’s 3-year research study, developed a flexible framework adaptable for smaller or larger museums.