Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D., Professor of History

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Museum Studies, M.A.


History and Social Studies Education Department


Cynthia Conides, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

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First Reader

Cynthia Conides, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Second Reader

Jill Gradwell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Social Studies Education


This paper will trace a brief history of museum and P-12 school collaborations in the United States including recent reforms in formal education and the marketization of museums. It will explore different models of collaboration exemplified by national and local programming in a variety of school and museum settings. Details about collaborations between Western New York museums and schools were gleaned through personal interviews with museum personnel, mainly museum educators. This paper will also include criteria for successful collaborations and challenges to overcome in creating and sustaining collaborations between two structurally different organizations.

Finally, this paper will explore the role of a third party facilitator of museum-school partnerships and what that third party organization may bring to the table. Numerous organizations have existed around the United States at different points in history that have attempted to serve this purpose in several different ways. A local example that exists currently in the Western New York area is Arts Partners for Learning.

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