12 Ways We Made our Santa Cruz Collects Exhibition Participatory

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This exhibition represents a few big shifts for us: We used a more participatory design process. Our previous big exhibition, All You Need is Love, was highly participatory for visitors but minimally participatory in the development process. Instead of a total budget of $200 for participatory elements, we spent about $4,000 on materials for participatory elements in this exhibition. Without further ado, here's what we did to make the exhibition participatory.

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Another point of intersection here for me is Henry Jenkins recently published 72-page white paper " Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century." According to recent study from Pew Internet and American Life project, more than one-half of teens have created media content and roughly one-third have shared ocntent. the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information.


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Eight Other Ways to "Connect with Community"

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We're always happy for more bodies in the door, but if supporting teens means alienating seniors, there's a problem. Not all staff want to actively lead tours or programs, but if "connecting with community" is a core part of your mission, then all staff should have some aspect of their performance evaluation tied to making nice. Tags: participatory museum inclusion comfort

Groundswell Book Club Part 1: Listening

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Surveys, interviews, tracking studies, and exhibit evaluations are often isolated events, and the information gleaned is specific to particular projects. When I watch the videos teens created at the Exploratorium and post on YouTube, I see the aspects of the exhibits they thought were most important to share with their classmates. Tags: Book Discussion: Groundswell marketing participatory museum

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New Models for Community Partnerships: Museums Hosting Meetups

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Librarian Aaron Schmidt tells the great story of a game night of Dance, Dance, Revolution at his library in which a teen asked him: “Hey Aaron, can I go upstairs to grab a magazine and book to read?” Evaluate the outcome. Projects participatory museum I've long believed that museums have a special opportunity to support the community spirit of Web 2.0 as physical analogs to virtual community platforms.

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Building Community Bridges: A "So What" Behind Social Participation

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A group in their late teens/early 20s were wandering through the museumwide exhibition on love. When I walked by the first time, the teens were collaging and Kyle and Stacey were talking. I don't know what formed the bridge between the artists and the teens in this circumstance. For a long time, I knew I cared deeply about designing from "me to we" --inviting visitors to form social connections through participatory experiences--but I couldn't express a clear reason why.

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Using Social Bridging to Be "For Everyone" in a New Way

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What started as a series of experiments and happy accidents is now embedded in how we develop and evaluate projects. Single-speaker lectures languish while lightning talks featuring teen photographers, phD anthropologists, and professional dancers are packed. When it comes to working with intact cultural and ethnic communities, one of the resources that is helping me think through these questions is a 2004 paper by Dr. Pia Moriarty on Immigrant Participatory Arts in Silicon Valley.

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AAM Recap: Slides, Observations, and Object Fetishism

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Visitor Co-Created Museum Experiences This session was a dream for me, one that brought together instigators of three participatory exhibit projects: MN150 (Kate Roberts), Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition (Shelley Bernstein), the Tech Virtual Test Zone (me), along with a new participatory research project, Children of the Lodz Ghetto (David Klevan), to talk about our lessons and struggles working with the public to create "museum-quality" exhibitions and research projects.