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Talking to Strangers: Building Shared Connections Around Unusual Objects

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Nina Simon, Executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, emphasizes the importance of using social objects to bridge the gap between individual and collective experience. By seeing museums not as silent, private halls—but rather as gathering spaces for unique, participatory connections— Simon explains how we can "think big, but also thinks small," considering the intricate barriers we can leap over to "transform our communities and ourselves."