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Engaging Art for Successful Aging--- A Study of the Motivations, Barriers and Experiences of Senior Volunteers in Art Museums
Art museum volunteers;Senior volunteers;Volunteers’ motivation;Volunteers’ barriers;Experiences of volunteer;Art nurtures life;Successful aging
|Issue Date: ||2013-12-03T05:12:37Z
Along with the expansion of the museum’s functions since the 1980s, the need for volunteers has been increasing, and senior citizens are an excellent resource for this purpose. Not only can seniors make an important contribution as volunteers and museum paraprofessionals, they can also derive much individual benefit from what they experience in the museum to add to their lifelong learning. To understand the motivations, barriers, and experiences of seniors who volunteer in museums could help museum staff to better realize and use the many contributions of this population. Also, it could reveal the museum’s value for senior volunteers’ personal development and the meaning of the museum experience for their individual lives. Those about-to-retire and retired senior volunteers are a valuable human and social resource for museums. The abundant knowledge and variety of experiences accumulated throughout their lifetime provide rich content for their educational and administrative services to museums. In effect, relatively few studies have focused specifically on senior museum volunteers. Thus, the purpose of this study is to explore how senior volunteers’ experiences in the art museum affect the meaning of their lives and contribute to the organization served. It also aims to foster the idea of the art museum as an ideal setting for seniors to engage art as a means of successful aging. The art museum has been chosen for the study because art has long had the special function of elevating and healing our spiritual/mental life, and because many seniors in our society have engaged the arts for their leisure activities. A mixed methodology will be applied to collect the research data, including focus-group interviews, questionnaires, and in-depth individual interviews of seniors and museum staff at four art museums in Taiwan. The research findings could focus art museums’ attention on the needs and contributions of their senior volunteers and help them to age successfully by showing them their value as volunteers. Finally, the research results will be used to encourage those about-to-retire and retired seniors to consider art museum volunteerism as a good choice for their lifelong learning and late-life planning.
|Relation: ||國科會計畫, 計畫編號: NSC99-2410-H018-025; 研究期間: 9908-10007|
|Appears in Collections:||[美術學系] 國科會計畫|
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