Building Place-Consciousness

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The authors explore the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s mission of place-conscious art education. Temporary outdoor work ranging from three-dimensional to performance and artists who work at the intersection of art and nature support its interest in place-conscious art education. Place-based education is often associated with schooling, which offers learners authentic experiences with the local for the purposes of increasing engagement and achievement, while place-conscious education helps to build a conceptual framework that articulates an ability to engage socially with the politics of place. The authors’ investigation examines aspects of the museum’s capacity to act as a shifting node in a network of relations and spaces and as a communicator of cultural knowledge.