Free Professional Development Session: Building Family Audiences

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What: Family Programs They Can Picture: Building Family Audiences

When: Wednesday, April 12, 9:30am

Where: Lippitt House Museum (199 Hope St., Providence)

Admission: FREE; please RSVP online here or contact us at or (401) 331-8575 x136.

Lippitt House Museum’s Jackie Delamatre, Curator of Education, will lead a session about the travails and triumphs of creating and sustaining educational programming for families. Learn a little about some of the family programs that happen at Lippitt House (including the newly created Lippitt Labs).

This workshop will explore the potential for lively and successful family programs at historic sites. Delamatre will present the Lippitt experience as a case study in developing – and revising – family programs at historic sites. How can we set educational goals while still attracting families who might doubt that their little ones have a place in our sites? What does a program look like that is both educational and fun? Which types of themes and hands-on activities work for our youngest visitors? Delamatre will encourage participants to share their experiences running family programs and present various challenges to brainstorm as a group.

Jackie Delamatre has been a museum educator for over a dozen years. She is currently the first Curator of Education for the Lippitt House Museum in Providence, as well as an educator in family, school, adult, and academic programs at the RISD Museum. Previously, she taught at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. She has been invited to teach workshops around the country and teaches a course on informal learning at Brown University. She holds an MFA from New York University and a BA from Brown.

“Helping History & Heritage Happen” is a series of professional development programs organized by the Rhode Island Historical Society for those in Rhode Island’s history, heritage and cultural sector. On the second Wednesday of each month (9:30am-11:30am), speakers, webinars, and interactive sessions will provide trainings, best practices insight, or introductions to a variety of topics. Future sessions may include collections care, digital literacy, educational programming, youth engagement, collaboration across organizations, and financial sustainability.