The Participatory Museum, Five Years Later
MARCH 4, 2015
This week marks five years since the book The Participatory Museum was first released. I thought the pinnacle of participatory practice was an exhibit that could inspire collective visitor action without facilitation.
Balancing Engagement: Adventures in Participatory Exhibit Labels
OCTOBER 18, 2011
We decided to approach the label-writing for these boards in a participatory way. exhibition participatory museum interactivesWe’ve been doing a little experiment at our museum with labels.
17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory
JUNE 12, 2012
It is multi-disciplinary, incorporates diverse voices from our community, and provides interactive and participatory opportunities for visitor involvement. This post focuses on one aspect of the exhibition: its participatory and interactive elements.
Making Participatory Processes Visible to Visitors
APRIL 6, 2011
In many cases, once the final project is launched, it's hard to detect the participatory touch. Not every participatory process has to scream "look at me!" youth exhibition participatory museum interactives
Our Museum: Extraordinary Resources on How Museums and Galleries Become Participatory Places
AUGUST 25, 2016
Most participatory projects were short-term, siloed innovations, not institutional transformations. That honesty shines through in the report's clear language, specific tips, and frequent bite-sized notes of "things to watch out for" when working to become a participatory organization.
Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity
JANUARY 25, 2012
Museum of Art and History marketing participatory museum usercontentA few weeks ago, the MAH Director of Community Programs, Stacey Garcia, came to me with an idea.
Self-Expression is Overrated: Better Constraints Make Better Participatory Experiences
MARCH 16, 2009
When I talk about designing participatory experiences, I often show the above graphic from Forrester Research. Museums see open-ended self-expression as the be-all of participatory experiences. Tags: design participatory museum usercontent
Fundraising as Participatory Practice: Myths, Realities, Possibilities
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
As a designer, I'm always trying to ensure that participatory activities, however casual, impact both the participant and the organization. If fundraisers are so keen on relationships, why weren't they the first into social media and participatory projects on behalf of their organizations?
Foot in the Door: A Powerful Participatory Exhibit
JUNE 10, 2010
While there, I was lucky to get to experience a highly participatory exhibition that the MIA mounts once a decade: Foot in the Door. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum usercontent
Adventures in Evaluating Participatory Exhibits: An In-Depth Look at the Memory Jar Project
JUNE 25, 2014
Two years ago, we mounted one of our most successful participatory exhibits ever at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History: Memory Jars. Two years later, this project is still one of the most fondly remembered participatory experiences at the museum--by visitors and staff.
Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?
APRIL 20, 2009
I’d never attended before and was impressed by many very smart, international people doing radical projects to make museum collections and experiences accessible and participatory online. Are participatory activities happening on the web because that is the best place for them?
Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?
OCTOBER 15, 2009
Over the past year, I've noticed a strange trend in the calls I receive about upcoming participatory museum projects: the majority of them are being planned for teen audiences. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects? Projects participatory museum inclusion
What Happens When a Viral Participatory Project is Too Successful? Diagnosing the Power of the Love Locks
JUNE 10, 2015
And so, one of the most successful, accidental, and fraught participatory projects of the past decade comes to an end. So many participatory projects do the opposite, requiring you to take a dozen tricky steps to no meaningful end.
The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings
OCTOBER 29, 2010
This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value. When a participatory activity is designed without a goal in mind, you end up with a bunch of undervalued stuff and nowhere to put it.
Does Community Participation Scale to Destination Institutions?
MARCH 30, 2016
That means offering clear, visible, appealing participatory experiences that enhance the destination experience. participatory museumOur entire strategy at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is rooted in community participation.
DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly
APRIL 10, 2015
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How Museum Hack Transforms Museum Tours: Interview with Dustin Growick
DECEMBER 23, 2014
comfort interactives participatory museum programs Unusual Projects and Influences A new company in New York, Museum Hack , is reinventing the museum tour from the outside in. They give high-energy, interactive tours of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).
Participation, Contemplation, and the Complexity of "And"
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Our museum in Santa Cruz has been slammed by those who believe participatory experiences have gone too far. We always knew that the inclusion of participatory and community-centered practices in arts institutions was controversial.
Yes, Audience Participation Can Have Significant Value
JANUARY 11, 2012
I can't say that any one experience--working on a collage with other visitors, swinging on a hammock, discovering a participatory display for pocket artifacts in the bathroom--directly contributed to increased attendance and giving.
ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine
JUNE 24, 2015
Projects participatory museum research Technology Tools Worth Checking Out visitorsI’ve always been inspired by the creative ways the Brooklyn Museum uses technology to connect visitors to museum content.
Guest Post: Using Visitor Participation to Improve Object Labels at the San Diego Natural History Museum
MARCH 29, 2011
Last month, I learned about a fabulous, simple participatory experiment called “Case by Case” at the San Diego Museum of Natural History that uses visitor feedback to develop more effective object labels. evaluation exhibition participatory museum guestpost
Answers to the Ten Questions I am Most Often Asked
APRIL 25, 2011
I've seen this line of questioning almost completely disappear in the past two years due to many research studies and reports on the value and rise of participation, but in 2006-7, social media and participatory culture was still seen as nascent (and possibly a passing fad).
What a Difference a Prompt Makes. Simple Analysis of a Participatory Exhibit Element
NOVEMBER 21, 2012
We decided to show a selection of Danny's lists in a hallway surrounded by a participatory element where we invite visitors to contribute to new lists on evocative themes ("Things we forget," "The best feelings in the world," etc.)
Where's the Community in the Crowd? Framing and the Wall Street Journal's "Everybody's a Curator"
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
The whole process of being interviewed for the story made me question the stories we tell and words we use to describe participatory work. What is the metaphor for participatory arts? Phrases like “community engagement” or “participatory” or “social practice” are not strong enough.
The Spectator Spectrum: Who Do You Count as a Participant?
JULY 12, 2011
For me, Downward Draw provided an unusual opportunity to examine the more casual end of the participatory spectrum. evaluation participatory museumReady for a math problem? A museum holds a free program in a semi-public space. Fifteen people engage in the prescribed activities.
One Simple Question to Make Your Work More Participatory
FEBRUARY 4, 2016
This is the question I ask myself anytime I'm working on something with a participatory intent. But even developing that open call was a participatory process: Wes worked with other staff to think through how the residencies could work. Ideas participatory museum
Fifteen Random Things I've Learned about Design for Participation This Year
DECEMBER 28, 2011
We've been offering a host of participatory and interactive experiences at the Museum of Art & History this season. I loved Jasper Visser's list of 30 "do's" for designing participatory projects earlier this month. This isn't even participatory.
Design for Participation: Video from NODEM 2010
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
participatory museumI just discovered that my keynote at the 2o10 NODEM conference on digital media and heritage is available online. If you're into video, check out this 25 minute talk I gave on the conference theme "from place to presence."
10 Ways to Build a Better Community Brainstorming Meeting
MAY 19, 2016
The best book I've read on the topic is Facilitators Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner. inclusion participatory museum usercontentYou're planning a new exhibition. Considering a new strategic direction. Designing a new program.
Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories
OCTOBER 1, 2014
They designed a participatory project that delivers a compelling end product for onsite and online visitors… and they learned some unexpected lessons along the way. Projects participatory museum storytelling usercontent
Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
We can change that by embracing participatory culture and opening up to the active, social ways that people engage with art, history, science, and ideas today. Ideas participatory museum social bridging
A Community-Driven Approach to Program Design
MARCH 28, 2012
Museum of Art and History programs participatory museumHow do you develop programs that are responsive to your community in a meaningful way? How do you find out what's important to different communities, and how do you change your plans based on their needs?
Engagement, Distraction, and the Puzzle of the Puzzle
AUGUST 9, 2011
An unnamed art museum once created an incredible interactive and participatory installation related to a temporary exhibition. Museum of Art and History exhibition institutional change participatory museum comfort
A Radical, Simple Formula for Pop-Up Museums
NOVEMBER 30, 2011
Projects Talking to Strangers design participatory museumPop-Up Museum [n]: a short-term institution existing in a temporary space. a way to catalyze conversations among diverse people, mediated by their objects.
Postcards as a Call to Action: A Powerful, Political Participatory Experience at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
JANUARY 13, 2011
The best participatory projects are useful. The participatory activity in question is part of the new Unfinished Business gallery, a room in which the museum engages with a contemporary issue related to the passion and work of Jane Addams and the historic Hull-House activist residents.
Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
design participatory museumThe first thing I noticed about Temple Contemporary were the chairs. Desk chairs and theater seats, sleek modsters and dilapidated stuffed things, a motley crew lined up on hooks around the room. They were charming, but puzzling.
Facebook as Staff Backchannel: A Simple Way to Promote Transparency and Intimacy
MAY 29, 2013
participatory museum professional development A month ago, one of our front-line staff members, Sarah Groh, came to her supervisor and me with a concern.
Why We Wrote an Exhibition Philosophy
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
If you are working with us as an artist or contributor to an exhibition, you should expect that museum staff will create multi-modal, interdisciplinary, participatory, immersive, and social experiences around your work.
Web 2.0 Expo: Data on Participatory Web
APRIL 30, 2007
Expo: Data on Participatory Web: "Tagging has become a mainstream acitivity in blogging, according to Sifry - 230 Million tags over two years, with 37% of blog posts using author tags Web 2.0
A Simple Outcome of Visitor Participation: Delight
JUNE 29, 2011
As a researcher and activist for participation, I've sometimes downplayed the value of this charm because it seems like arsenal for professionals who claim participatory projects are frivolous. "Be participatory museum visitorsIt's funny.