In 2016, the U.S. Botanic Garden featured the horticulture work of Riker’s Island Correctional Facility, a veteran’s program, an organization serving adults with disabilities, a transitional jobs program, and a school for special education as part of the exhibit “Flourish: Inside and Out.” Museum professionals often focus on how to engage communities as audience members through innovative programming and exhibits. However, there is growing momentum to integrate these communities into the program planning and exhibit design process. The outcomes benefit both the museum and collaborating partners. Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Maura Nelson Clifford