Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko(1972-2023), who was President and CEO of the Abbe Museum, spoke with us about promoting participatory audience engagement in the context of a Native American museum. She explained that dialogue-based programs, rather than participatory ones, not only engage audiences, but can “move them to a place of empathy.”
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko (1972-2023) was the President and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, which presents the history and cultures of the Wabanaki people. She was previously the director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Indiana, which she led to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. She served as Center panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2020 and 2015.