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What is Interpretation?

At its annual summer meeting in August 2021, NAI’s Board of Directors approved a new definition of the term INTERPRETATION. This is the culmination of more than three years of diligent work by NAI's Definition Taskforce, chaired by NAI Fellow Theresa Coble, Ph.D, which gathered feedback from hundreds of members of the profession and processed an immense amount of data to arrive at the statement below, which now serves as the association’s officially recognized definition:

Interpretation is a purposeful approach to communication that facilitates meaningful, relevant, and inclusive experiences that deepen understanding, broaden perspectives, and inspire engagement with the world around us.

Interpretation Definition
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