Portland Museum of Art / Maine Memory Network: Upload Photos and Stories from Home

We’re continuing to evolve our mission to help cultural organizations reach out to members’ homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the last few weeks, we’ve added a major new feature to our online story recording service for museums: the ability for users to upload a photo from their device and then submit their video story about that photo. The Portland Museum of Art is using the service for their exhibit Stories of Maine: An...

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Stories from Home: Exhibit Testing During Covid-19

We’re noticing a trend with our new online story recording service for museums and cultural organizations: gathering stories for future exhibits. It provides a way to reach visitors in their homes, and have them submit their video stories via their own devices. The Museum of Durham History, for example, is using the service to record stories from women who are leaders in politics for their upcoming exhibit on the centennial anniversary of...

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Gathering Community Stories from Home: My Interview with Paul Orselli

Gathering Community Stories from Home: My Interview with Paul Orselli

Last month (or so) I enjoyed being interviewed by exhibit designer and museum blogger extraordinaire Paul Orselli of Paul Orselli Workshop (POW!). The topic: “What are the best ways to gather stories from visitors…both inside and outside museums?” The interview was of course in the context of covid-19, and the seismic impact that has had on museums’ relationships with their audiences. But it was before the tragic killing...

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Gathering Stories from Home: Marco Island Center for the Arts

Gathering Stories from Home: Marco Island Center for the Arts

Following up on our announcement three weeks ago of our new online story recording service, I’m happy to send word of our project using the service with Marco Island Center for the Arts. We began working with the Center early this year to provide both a permanent Storykiosk for exhibits as well as portable one to take to community events. The Center is celebrating its 50th year, and as I’ve noted from past projects, anniversaries...

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Announcing Online Recording: Gather stories from home

Announcing Online Recording: Gather stories from home

In these challenging times, one of the prototypes we’ve developed on past projects has risen to the fore — the ability for users to record and submit stories from their own smartphones at home via invitation by email and social media. The result: museums, libraries, universities and other organizations can continue their story gathering missions using our cloud based content management system to manage the process. Documenting...

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Storykiosk in ‘Dogs: A Science Tail’ exhibit

Storykiosk in ‘Dogs: A Science Tail’ exhibit

What could be more compelling than asking visitors to tell stories of their relationships with their own dogs? When I was first approached by California Science Center about providing a Storykiosk for their traveling exhibit, I knew it would be a hit. And looking at the review server for the installation, I see hundreds of heartfelt stories confirming this… I had the pleasure of visiting the installation a couple weeks ago at its current...

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