The Wild Center: Portable “Storykiosk in a Bag”
Enjoyed a roadtrip over snowy roads to The Wild Center in upstate NY last week — an amazing museum blending indoor exhibits on nature in the Adirondacks with the Adirondacks themselves. The installation was our first “Storykiosk in a Bag” — basically a portable version of our visitor video recording station that we’ve been installing in exhibits for years. The advantage: it’s quick and easy to take out to community events outside the museum, conferences, or just put up on a tabletop popup program for an afternoon.
The installation is part of the IMLS supported initiative, The Northern New York Maple Project, positioning the museum as a community anchor among a number of local institutions looking to revitalize the local maple sugaring industry. An amazing project — not only connecting with the local community, but tapping into local economic development as well.
The portable Storykiosk — folding out from an easy to carry bag — will be used first at a maple sugaring conference this weekend, then other community events — pancake breakfasts and more. (I love the idea of doing a popup installation at a pancake breakfast — gathering breakfast stories, taste test between real maple syrup and artificial syrup, etc. Instead of a “popup installation,” a “flapjack installation”).