In addition to these current offerings, VSA members are working to offer new ways of learning, engaging in discussion, and developing forums for various focused topics. If you are interested in learning more or helping realize any of the potential offerings below, let us know!

Focused Interest Groups (FIGs) - Initiated in December 2014, the VSA Board voted to adopt Focused Interest Groups (FIG) as part of the organizational structure. VSA FIGs are open to all current members, providing forums for sharing and cultivating common VSA member interests. FIGs are sub-groups of VSA, and their activities and activity level are dependent upon the members of each FIG. Current FIGs include:

  • Bridging Communities - This FIG aims to support VSA’s initiative of building capacity to support diversity in the field by focusing on diversity and inclusion in visitor studies, and cultural competence in evaluation and audience research. Bridging Communities will provide a forum for discussion about resources and practices, a community for collegial support, and a collective voice in the organization and field for members of diverse communities and those seeking to develop their cultural competencies and capacity in culturally-responsive evaluation methods. Email Jill Stein or Evelyn Ronning if you want to get involved.
  • Data Visualization and Reporting - actively using Pinterest and LinkedIn to connect members, Kate Livingston is leading this group to share cool ideas and talk about issues in visualizing data to support its use. Email Lauren Holley if you would like to get involved.
  • Zoo and Aquarium - To bring together a community of zoo/aquarium professionals who contribute to social science/audience research and evaluation at AZA accredited institutions, with a focus on interpretation, exhibit design and interactive elements, guest services, and the general non-learning aspect of guests and the guest experience (social motivation, construction of a visit, etc.). If you would like to get involved, email Nadya Bennett.
  • Art Museums - This FIG is dedicated to providing a forum for communication, learning, mutual support, and professional development for evaluators, researchers, educators, and others working with or in art museums and arts-based cultural institutions. Email Hannah Ridenour or Laura Brown to join.

We hope that you find utility in much that VSA offers, but we also want to know if you don't. Please reach out to tell us how we can better meet your needs, provide you with timely and appropriate professional development and support, and more!