The Denver Art Museum recognizes the significance of our position as a cultural and community asset, and the importance of welcoming first-time visitors in ways that are accessible, inviting, and fun. To do this, since 2018, the DAM has been recruiting, hiring, and training community members to be part of our Museum Connectors program. Connectors are ambassadors for the museum, who receive training to welcome historically underrepresented communities to bring families and first-time visitors to the museum. The DAM and Museum Connectors work in partnership to identify and remove barriers to museum visitation and support parents and caregivers to confidently nurture a sense of community, curiosity, and creativity.
Museum Connectors undergo paid training about museum navigation, family programming, and viewing the museum as a cultural asset. The DAM provides Connectors with all the tools they need to organize their own community visits to the museum.
Amy Barcenas, a former Museum Connector who identifies as Chippewa Cree, shared her valuable experience participating in this program with the youth and community engagement fellow, Sahira Chavez, in an interview earlier this fall. Barcenas acknowledges the importance of art as a tool to empower community members to connect with who they are, take pride in their identity, build empathy, and connect with members of other communities.
I have always been in between two cultures and appreciated the education my parents provided on historical importance to connect to those cultures and identity… I love to help connect others to this sense of self. My favorite thing to see and hear is when they say, ‘This is from Guatemala’ (or from where they are tied to) and they say ‘This is me.’ Museum Connectors help open that sense of self and I'm so thankful I have gotten to be a part of that.
How to Apply
In a continuous effort to be more inclusive and welcoming to individuals historically marginalized, the youth and community engagement team in the learning and engagement department are intentionally recruiting community members with existing networks to represent our greater Denver community in this group. We hope to recruit and train multiple cohorts of Museum Connectors in 2022, who are diverse in terms of race, culture, socioeconomics, age, family make-up, gender expression, etc. Training sessions will begin in 2022. If you are interested in being part of this program, please apply. Applications are due December 12, 2021. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to collaborating with your community!