Karleen Gardner is Director of Learning at the Minneapolis Institute of
Art. She also heads up the Center for Empathy and Visual Arts.
Mia envisions taking a leading role in collaborating with
museum colleagues as well as researchers, scholars, content experts, and
other influencers to research and explore practices for fostering
empathy and global awareness through the power of art and to share these
findings with the field.
In our increasingly divisive world, polarized by issues regarding
politics, racial inequities, marriage equality, global warming, income
disparities, and immigration policies, it becomes clear that our failures
to understand other people’s feelings are exacerbating prejudice,
conflict, and inequality.
Musée du Louvre - Hubert Robert
If we wish to develop not only a more equal
society but a happier and more creative one, we will need to look outside
ourselves and attempt to identify with the experiences of others. This
critical skill is called empathy, which “has the power to transform
relationships, from the personal to the political, and create
fundamental social change.