The Art of Relevance is your guide to mattering more to more people. You'll find inspiring examples, rags-to-relevance case studies, research-based frameworks, and practical advice on how your work can be more vital to your community. Whether you work in museums or libraries, parks or theaters, churches or afterschool programs, relevance can work for you. Break through shallow connection. Unlock meaning for yourself and others. Find true relevance and shine.
Author and narrator Nina Simon has been described as a "museum visionary" by Smithsonian Magazine for her audience-centered approach to design. She is the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots community participation. Nina is the best-selling author of The Participatory Museum, The Art of Relevance, and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. Previously, Nina worked as an independent consultant and exhibition designer with over 100 museums and cultural centers around the world. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR, and TEDx. Nina began her career at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
Those of us in any field involving engagement will benefit from Simon’s ideas. Relevance is both an excellent use of the term and a description of a timely and useful philosophy.
The author did an excellent job addressing the topic at hand. The authors' performance was better than many authors who choose to narrate their own work, maybe due to her public interpretive background. The only things I took any exception to were nuances of performance, but the book was good enough to more than balance these out!