Museums to restaurants and pubs: community popups

Museums to restaurants and pubs: community popups

Last summer Amy Walsh and I tried an experiment in Providence, booking our “Museum Puppet Throwdown” at the popular restaurant/bar and nonprofit arts center AS220. We had a fun thinking about some museum-like popups in non-traditional venues. The idea: “Let’s go where people like to have fun.”  (The more serious idea: let’s look for ways of bridging museum exhibit themes out to community venues). The idea was...

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Popup Maker Kits, ASTC in Albuquerque

Popup Maker Kits, ASTC in Albuquerque

Relaxing now after a busy two days in the exhibit hall at ASTC in Albuquerque.  There’s been a lot to talk about: our Popup Maker Kit on “Illusion and Observation”, our Popup Art Kit on puppet-making, cloud-based review server, tablet version for festivals and other events, and post-visit learning activities. It took me a couple days to gather the courage to wear a cape and tophat for our “illusion” theme, but...

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Popup ArtSpace: Museum Puppet Throwdown!, June 27 in Providence

Popup ArtSpace: Museum Puppet Throwdown!, June 27 in Providence

We’re primed to be co-hosting a puppetmaking/social media storytelling event at AS220, the gallery/bar/nonprofit art center in Providence. We’ll have puppets participating from three of Providence’s major museums: Providence Children’s Museum, RISD Museum, and Roger Williams Park Zoo, and will be drawing in staff and friends from the greater Providence/Boston museum community. The event is part of our Popup ArtSpace...

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Media notes: museums and broadcast television

Media notes: museums and broadcast television

We’ve been working on a children’s television prototype app, drawing on rich materials developed by Iris Smith and team at Once Upon a Time Productions. Reminds me that in many ways, children’s television has intersected with museum exhibits over decades. Mister Rogers’ influence is still felt at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.  Connections between WGBH and Boston Children’s Museum are seen in Arthur and...

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Young at Art museum install: Surrealism for kids

Young at Art museum install: Surrealism for kids

A couple days ago, I noted a news story came out highlighting the integration of a pre-school, county library, and program space at the new LEED-certified Young at Art museum in Davie, FL. I had the pleasure of doing a StoryKiosk installation as they opened their new building this last year — a good time now to share a few thoughts. First, it’s an extraordinary museum, and I think a sign of things to come. I tweeted earlier today:...

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“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience so far

“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience so far

Last week I caught a post in Karen Wilkinson’s Facebook feed about the experimental course, “Learning Creative Learning” being offered through Mitch Resnick’s program at the MIT Media Lab.  I signed up, as had 24,000 other people, and now we’ve been off and running for four days. This “massive open online course” (MOOC) is an experiment for the Media Lab in wide distribution of resources and expertise....

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