From AMST 2650:
I found myself drawn to Barrett’s earlier chapters, discussing the history of “the public,” and the role of the state within museums/institutions to craft these narratives of education, leisure, and discipline. It reminded me of tours I conducted in downtown Providence with the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS). With this collaborative urban education program, the students and I explored the resources of the city. RIHS made the decision to showcase these resources through publics spaces that emphasized art, history, and culture. Discussing the city as a system of parts, we used places like the Convention Center, Kennedy Plaza, RISD Library, and Burnside Park to celebrate the value of public spaces within the function of a city.
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