NEMA Popup Museum: surface area for conversation

Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Projects, TechMuse Blog | 0 comments

NEMA Popup Museum: surface area for conversation

What a great turnout Tuesday night for our NEMA Popup Museum — a full house of both participants and onlookers.  We had knitting, painting, gardening, cartoons, fashion, poetry…and more…

Some memorable moments for me:

  • Reconnecting with Bernie Zubrowski, former colleague from Boston Children’s Museum, and a pioneer in materials/play exhibits for kids
  • Hearing Lynn Baum talk about continuing her mother’s garden, and showing a beautiful basket of green clippings from the garden
  • Getting a glimpse of Dan Yaeger’s early career as a cartoonist
  • Hearing Meg Winikates’ word choices in poetry matched up with photography
  • Admiring the colors in Jan Crocker’s wrist warmers
  • Sharing a few exercises I do with jo staff with those who were curious

And there were so any more — you can check out the Youtube Playlist below. For anyone who walked over to record the story about their artful endeavors, much appreciation for sharing your creativity. Thanks to Lynn Baum and Jan Crocker for the planning. My goal with Storykiosk was to use video stories to extend the event, providing a long-term record of it after the exhibits are taken down and an opportunity for social media sharing…

I was talking with Cathy Saunders about the event, and I mentioned what a great surface area for conversation it provided. She picked up on the phrase “surface area for conversation,” and in retrospect I think that’s helped make it such a great event — people showing and talking about things they care about.



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