Reshaping STEM Museums with Community Partnerships
“What does this have to do with science?” is feedback the Museum of Science, Boston regularly receives in response to its SubSpace brand of informal science education programming. Illuminating the experiences of trans youth, turning the Planetarium into one of the city’s most exciting drag venues, holding conversations at the intersection of identity and religion, and launching an ongoing series of Antiracism programming are just some of the focal points in recent years. This programming has flourished through the vision, trust, and work of the Museum’s community partners, laying the groundwork for the Museum to begin fostering authentic relationships with BIPOC, Queer, and other audiences left behind by STEM institutions, and changing the perception of what constitutes “science”.
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