Art museums can no longer just be encyclopedic archives of fine art objects documenting select histories. Today art museums are pulled in conflicting directions as they work to maintain relevance in the shifting social, economic, and political landscape that changes priorities among audiences, city officials, funders, and art world gatekeepers. This book addresses one way in which art museums are responding to these challenges: by directly cooperating with neighboring communities and building art programming outside of museum walls, making the institution directly relevant to their neighbors’ daily lives.

Johanna Taylor’s first book The Art Museum Redefined: Power, Opportunity and Community Engagement is soon to be published in the Sociology of Arts series from Palgrave MacMillan.