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Kate Button

Senior Advisor, Public Programmes, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Kate Button is the Senior Advisor Public Programmes at Te Papa, the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand.

Kate manages a team of public programmers responsible for facilitating innovative public programmes that engage, inspire and excite Te Papa’s broad audiences. Kate holds an honours degree in History from Victoria University of Wellington.

She has also studied public relations at a post graduate level. Kate is excited by the unique audience engagement opportunities provided by Te Papa’s multidisciplinary environment. Kate and her team work with their audiences to encourage unexpected connections within Te Papa’s programmes.

Kate is also interested in the social role museums play in a world of decreasing civic spaces and how this has challenged the traditional notions of a museum visitor as a “passive participant”.

Throughout her career, Kate has been interested in the space where an organisation and its audience connect. Kate has held a variety of roles involving the visual arts in a number of contexts both within the museum world and beyond.