¡NUEVOlution!: Participatory Stories Build Community

¡NUEVOlution!: Participatory Stories Build Community

It’s been a pleasure working with the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte the last couple years on their groundbreaking exhibit ¡NUEVOlution! which explores the mutual evolution of Latino and Southern cultures. The exhibit builds on the Museum’s mission: “using history to build community” — an approach that has earned the museum national recognition for the ways they connect with community and grow...

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Storykiosk

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Storykiosk

I’m watching stories upload to our cloud based review system from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute today, here on MLK Day.  This is one of those inspiring installations that I return to over time — working with Amaze Design, Chris Danemayer, and BCRI staff, we did our initial installation at BCRI on the eve of the inauguration of President Barack Obama many years ago. Excitement and anticipation… I returned to the...

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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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National Archives Installation: Designing for Group Experience

National Archives Installation: Designing for Group Experience

Had the pleasure of updating one of our longstanding interactives, developed with Northern Light Productions, for the National Archives in DC this past week.  “The Constitution in Action” is an hour long simulation/game in which students in schoolgroups take on the role of researchers looking for documents to support an urgent mission from the White House Communications Director, “Bob.”  Students work in groups to find...

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Washington Post Magazine project update

Washington Post Magazine project update

It’s been a pleasure working with Washington Post Magazine, using Storykiosk to record stories of people’s experience on the National Mall.  I think there’s a trend: new intersections between news organizations, public spaces (national parks and museums) and local communities. WP certainly tapped into it, gathering over a hundred stories on what brings people to the National Mall. The Magazine issue on the National Mall is...

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Albuquerque Museum: Visitors’ Stories Populate the Exhibit

Albuquerque Museum: Visitors’ Stories Populate the Exhibit

How does an exhibit build connections to the local community? That’s been one of the leading themes in exhibit design the last several years.  I’ve been thinking especially about “community storytelling” — drawing together a web of stories on local topics from a variety of perspectives. So it’s been especially rewarding this last year to focus on an exhibit on that topic — the “Only in...

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