Alumni Stories: Harvard Law School Storykiosk Project

Alumni Stories: Harvard Law School Storykiosk Project

When an organization has a major anniversary, such as Harvard Law School’s Bicentennial, a window of opportunity opens to draw out stories spanning decades of experience. With Harvard Law School (HLS), we provided a portable Storykiosk to set up at alumni gatherings and other special events such as the HLS Celebration of Black Alumni. The stories gathered were remarkable — alumni are very motivated to reflect back and share their...

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AAM MUSE Awards for Washington Post Magazine and ¡NUEVOlution! Projects

AAM MUSE Awards for Washington Post Magazine and ¡NUEVOlution! Projects

We’re at the end of the summer, and I realize I haven’t blogged yet about the big news for us a couple months ago at the AAM (American Association of Museums) annual conference: two of our Storykiosk projects received  the association’s MUSE Award, given to exceptional media projects in museums across the U.S. For those who aren’t familiar with the MUSE Awards, they’re like the Academy Awards in the film industry,...

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Washington Post Magazine: Storykiosk Popups on the National Mall

Washington Post Magazine: Storykiosk Popups on the National Mall

Now that it’s out and published in the news, I’m eager to write about our project with Washington Post Magazine, setting up a popup Storykiosk installation on the National Mall with Editor Lynn Medford and staff. I don’t think anything quite like this had been done before — using a popup exhibit in a national park (or museum) to gather news media for wide-scale print and online distribution. The results? Eye-opening I...

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SEGD Workshop: A New Model for Popup Exhibits and Community Storytelling

SEGD Workshop: A New Model for Popup Exhibits and Community Storytelling

I’ve had a sense the last few years that museums are evolving along with technology in ways that may reach further into their local communities. I gave a presentation about this a couple weeks ago at the SEGD (Society for Experiential Graphic Design) workshop on “Exhibition and Experience Design” in DC. The main point — to challenge ourselves with a Zen koan (question to meditate on): “How do we design for a more...

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From Popup Exhibit to YouTube Channel: Community Storytelling at Whim Museum, Virgin Islands

From Popup Exhibit to YouTube Channel: Community Storytelling at Whim Museum, Virgin Islands

As I noted in other recent blog entries, I’ve been working with Whim Museum on St. Croix, Virgin Islands, on a community storytelling project. Our goal was to build a YouTube channel together based on their central mission: preserving the stories of people who have lived and worked on the island. And I’m happy to say we’ve surpassed expectation, with dozens of stories coming online, connecting with many themes of the...

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Reimagining Children’s Museums: Conference notes

Reimagining Children’s Museums: Conference notes

So I’m sitting in the buzz/afterglow of three fantastic days last week for the “Reimagining Children’s Museums” conference, sponsored by the Assoc. of Children’s Museums and hosted by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. What can I say? Of all the museum groups I work with, these are the people who are going to change the basic structure and way museums serve their audiences. Where to begin?  “Reimagining...

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