Studio Tectonic Principal, Seth Frankel, contributed a project case study chapter to the just-published book, Fostering Empathy Through Museums (July, 2016, edited by Elif M. Gokcigdem). The chapter is based on the community-wide impacts and efforts around the Chief Niwot – Legend & Legacy exhibition at the Boulder History Museum.
Fostering Empathy through Museums features fifteen case studies with clear take-away ideas, and lessons learned by vividly illustrating a spectrum of approaches in the way museums are currently employing empathy, a critical skill that is relevant to personal, institutional, economical, and societal progress. The need is rapidly growing for empathy to serve as a lens through which we find our purpose and connection in a complex world. This demand brings with it an appetite to cultivate it through safe and trusted platforms. Museums are uniquely equipped to undertake this important mission. This book will help museum staff and leadership at all levels working at a variety of museums (from animal sanctuaries to art museums, from historic house museums to children’s and science museums) to better understand the multitude of ways how empathy can be cultivated, and employed in museum setting.