As we continue to discuss how to design strategy, more interesting questions come to mind: how do we create a welcoming situation in a context like museums or art galleries - when new communities are invited? How do we provide access and how do we teach our new audiences the language? conversely, how do we adapt and modify our language and our way of describing our work (in our institutions) in ways that acknowledge new and different realities/ constituencies?
In that light, we (at the WAG) could think about who we are talking to, what means -and what type of language- we use to communicate. The question of who is responsible for understanding to occur is also tied to the possibility of managing multiple audiences with different interpretive strategies. As Jeanne said today: "Who we decide to talk to also informs how we work."
This type of reflection also dovetails well with the work we have been doing establishing the WAG's institutional priorities. We could spend more time thinking about these questions as we start looking at next year's strategic plan.