Research & Reports

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Denver Art Museum Library

Reports

Kids & Their Grownups: New Insights on Developing Dynamic Museum Experiences for the Whole Family

Read about the development of 15 installed family experiences that focus on play and building connections to art objects. This two-year project, generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, focused on families with young children. The report details the DAM's findings, including what we learned about successfully programming for the whole family. Find resources for family activity development, evaluation techniques, and reflections on meeting the needs of kids and their grownups during their museum visits. © Denver Art Museum 2013.

Kids & Their Grownups: New Insights on Developing Dynamic Museum Experiences for the Whole Family (PDF)

Creativity, Community, and a Dose of the Unexpected: Adventures in Engaging Young Adult Audiences

We hope you will find some food for thought here if you are interested in developing programs for young adults and increasing engagement with your community, collections, and museum. Read about what we did, how we approached program development and engagement with young adult audiences and the thinking behind our choices. This project was generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. © Denver Art Museum 2011.

Creativity, Community, and a Dose of the Unexpected (PDF)

Creativity Resource: The Story of Putting Together an Online Teacher Resource

Our Creativity Resource website uses the creativity of artists to inspire teachers and their students. Read how we put together this online resource for teachers.  © Denver Art Museum 2009.

Creativity Resource: The Story of Putting Together an Online Teacher Resource (PDF)

New Angles on Interpretation

Interpretive materials in the Hamilton Building encourage visitors to interact with art in new and different ways. Learn about the materials we developed for adults with support from the Getty Grant Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and individual donors. © Denver Art Museum 2007.

New Angles on Interpretation (PDF)

New Angles on Interpretation, Appendix (PDF)

Visitor Panel Study of Poetry Writing Activities

Find out what we learned from visitor studies of poetry writing activities in the 2003 exhibition Frederic Remington: The Color of Night in this 30-page report. © Denver Art Museum 2004.

Visitor Panel Study (PDF)

Keepers of Culture: Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act

Learn how to prepare and evaluate NAGPRA repatriation claims in this 237-page guide by Roger Echo-Hawk, based on work assisted by grants from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. © Denver Art Museum 2002.

Keepers of Culture (PDF)

Families & Art Museums

Explore the DAM’s unique approach to family programming. This report was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. © Denver Art Museum 2002.

Families & Art Museums, Part 1 (PDF)

Families & Art Museums, Part 2 (PDF)

Enriching Visitor Experiences

Read about the reinstallation of the DAM’s European and American collection in this 21-page report, which was funded by the Getty Grant Program. © Denver Art Museum 2001.

Enriching Visitor Experiences, Part 1 (PDF)

Enriching Visitor Experiences, Part 2 (PDF)

Visitor Panels: Improving Interpretive Materials through Audience Input

Read about visitor panels for our Asian, pre-Columbian, and Spanish Colonial galleries. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and the City and County of Denver. © Denver Art Museum 1993.

Visitor Panels (PDF)

Denver Art Museum Interpretive Project

Learn about the DAM's interpretive experiments in this 160-page report funded by the Getty Grant Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. © Denver Art Museum 1990.

DAM Interpretive Project, Part 1 (PDF)

DAM Interpretive Project, Part 2 (PDF)

DAM Interpretive Project, Appendix (PDF)