John Kinard and S. Dillon Ripley discuss the future of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and Smithsonian Institution; the role of objects in museums; a museum's role and responsibilities in a community; and the power of museums to change attitudes by dealing with controversial issues. Ripley sees the Smithsonian using museums as part of the educational process; objects provide familiarity, and develop ambition, consciousness, and creativity. Kinard and Ripley discuss how to make objects speak to a variety of audiences and diverse cultures; and if it is possible for museums to use objects to transform people's minds, their way of life, their appreciation of themselves, their country and what we hope the country would be in the future. They discuss museums as vehicles of social change through involvement in causes, not just collectors and keepers of objects.
Discussion between John Kinard and S. Dillon Ripley begins at 000620 [preceded by Street Interviews: Location Unidentified 1]. Recording ends abruptly in middle of discussion. Part of ACM Administrative Meetings Recordings. Dated 19720403 and 19720406.
Biographical / Historical:
John Kinard, a local community activist and minister, was appointed founding director of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum and employed his skills in community engagement, organizing, and outreach to shape the practice and direction of the museum.;S. Dillion Ripley was the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution when he envisioned the creation of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, which opened in 1967.;The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
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