One Simple Question to Make Your Work More Participatory

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I said to him: I can't really answer that question. The key question is, every step of the way: how can you invite people beyond yourself to help make this step better? This is the question I ask myself anytime I'm working on something with a participatory intent.

The Participatory Museum, Five Years Later

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This week marks five years since the book The Participatory Museum was first released. Across the museum field, the questions about visitor participation have gone from "what?" I''m curious to know: has The Participatory Museum played a role in your work?

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

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There are different ways to design a participatory workshop. A more participatory approach, and one that Allen Gunn uses, is to crowdsource provocative questions from participants. Participants volunteer their question for the Spectragram.

17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory

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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.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? I also had an opportunity to attend a couple of sessions that used participatory facilitation techniques. Participants volunteer their question for the Spectragram.

Balancing Engagement: Adventures in Participatory Exhibit Labels

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We decided to approach the label-writing for these boards in a participatory way. We blatantly borrowed the brilliant technique the San Diego Museum of Natural History used to write labels based on visitors’ questions. exhibition participatory museum interactives

Adventures in Evaluating Participatory Exhibits: An In-Depth Look at the Memory Jar Project

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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.

12 Ways We Made our Santa Cruz Collects Exhibition Participatory

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The content focuses on the question of WHY we collect and how our collections reflect our individual and community identities. This exhibition represents a few big shifts for us: We used a more participatory design process. As always, I welcome your questions and comments.

Participatory Moment of Zen: Diverse Visitor Contributions Add Up to Empathy

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This person is writing about a participatory element (the "pastport") that we included in the exhibition Crossing Cultures. In front of each of those paintings, you could stamp your pastport, reflect on the artwork and the question, and share your story.

Adventures in Participatory Audience Engagement at the Henry Art Gallery

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In 2009 , students built a participatory exhibit from scratch. Thirteen students produced three projects that layered participatory activities onto an exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection of the Henry Art Gallery. Projects participatory museum

Getting in on the Act: New Report on Participatory Arts Engagement

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Last month, the Irvine Foundation put out a new report, Getting In On the Act , about participatory arts practice and new frameworks for audience engagement. It is framed as a kind of study guide; pop-outs provide questions that tease out opportunities and tensions in the narrative.

Developing a Participatory, Provocative History Project at a Small Museum in Minnesota: Interview with Mary Warner

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Earlier this year, I was fascinated to read the account of a participatory project at the Morrison County Historical Society in Minnesota, in which community members were invited to write essays about “what’s it like” to have various life experiences in the County.

What I Learned from Beck (the rock star) about Participatory Arts

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Beck''s project is unusual because he deliberately resurrected a mostly-defunct participatory platform: sheet music for popular songs. In his thoughtful preface to this project, I reconnected with five lessons I''ve learned from participatory projects in museums and cultural sites.

Participatory Internships in Santa Cruz this School Year

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I'm particularly excited about two internships that relate to participatory exhibition design. First, there is the Participatory Exhibit Design Internship. These interns work with our curatorial team to develop interactive and participatory components for upcoming exhibitions.

Book Announcement: The Participatory Museum is now available!

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The Participatory Museum is a practical guide to visitor participation. The Participatory Museum is an attempt at providing such a resource. I hope it opens up a broader conversation about the nuts and bolts of successful participatory projects. Hey kid! Want to buy a book ?

The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

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One of the questions that comes up most frequently when I talk with folks about participation is: what should we do with the things that visitors create? This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value.

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Participatory Design Vs. Design for Participation: Exploring the Difference

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Which of these descriptions exemplifies participatory museum practice? But the difference between the two examples teases out a problem in differentiating "participatory design" from "design for participation." In the first case, you are making the design process participatory.

Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses

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Note from Beth: Lately, a question on my mind is whether or not the concept of Networked Nonprofits is a global one as I’ve had the opportunity to share some of the ideas beyond the US borders in Kenya and UK. I think Pratham Books , an NGO in India, is a networked nonprofit.

The Participatory Nonprofit?

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The book includes a "Connected Quiz, a set of reflective questions that can help an activist think about how well they or their organization is connecting with others -- something to think about before jumping into the tools.

Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?

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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

Answers to the Ten Questions I am Most Often Asked

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This post shares some of the most interesting questions I've heard throughout these experiences. Feel free to add your own questions and answers in the comments! BROAD QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION 1. QUESTIONS ABOUT RESISTANCE TO CHANGE 5.

Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?

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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. But I left uneasy, grappling with questions that plagued me throughout the conference.

Postcards as a Call to Action: A Powerful, Political Participatory Experience at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

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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.

Adventures in Participatory Journalism: An Interview with Sarah Rich about 48 Hour Magazine

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Oh, and they wanted it to be participatory. I talked with Sarah Rich , one of the project’s instigators and staff members, to learn more about 48 Hour Magazine and its implications for other participatory media projects. You made contribution to the magazine participatory.

Lessons in Participatory Design from SFMOMA's Exhibition on (you guessed) The Art of Participation

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The Art of Participation provides a retrospective on participatory art as well as presenting opportunities for visitors to engage in contemporary (“now”) works. DON’T make the participatory activity too narrow or difficult. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Answers to the Ten Questions I Am Most Commonly Asked

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This post shares some of the most interesting questions I''ve heard throughout these experiences. Feel free to add your own questions and answers in the comments! BROAD QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION 1. QUESTIONS ABOUT RESISTANCE TO CHANGE 5.

Design Techniques for Developing Questions for Visitor Participation

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On Friday, I offered a participatory design workshop for Seattle-area museum professionals ( slides here ). We concluded by sharing the tough questions each of us struggles with in applying participatory design techniques to museum practice. I love this question.

Henry Jenkins discusses participatory media in Second Life

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I listened to the audio feed of him talking to the kids, answering their questions. We could also IM our questions from the adults were listening and observing.

FInding the Right Questions (For Visitor Dialogue)

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These days, it's fashionable to use label-writing to ask visitors questions. But asking a question, even providing a talk-back location for visitors to answer the question, does not guarantee an engaging social experience. Why do we ask visitors questions in exhibitions?

Guest Post by Nina Simon: Design Techniques for Developing Questions for Visitor Participation

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On Friday, I offered a participatory design workshop for Seattle-area museum professionals ( slides here ). We concluded by sharing the tough questions each of us struggl es with in applying participatory design techniques to museum practice. I love this question.

Participatory Media: Who Owns the Work You Share?

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This is an excellent analysis of the issue of corporate control and ownership of your participatory media. Asking all the right questions: How far can these corporate facilitators of the new " user generated content " be trusted to safeguard the democratic roots from which they have grown, and how might their vested interests interfere with the fundamental messages being communicated by this empowered audience?

Case Study: A Participatory Road Trip takes the SJMA on a Wild Ride

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I was captivated by Chris Alexander 's story about participatory online/onsite efforts at the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA). I've struggled thinking about the answer to that question. Reason #258 I'm glad to live in California: Cultural Connections.

Ramifications of Web 2.0 for nonprofits with participatory applications

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Christine reports that this chicken and egg question came up: " Do people's social needs drive the emergence of new technology, or does. Via Christine.net comes a summary of a discussion from N-TEN's NTC Conference last month. This one well worth reading if you're interested in social software and nonprofits. the emergence of these new technologies drive what people want to do? "

Trust Me, Know Me, Love Me: Trust in the Participatory Age

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Museums aren't the only venues facing this question: news outlets, corporate brands, and educators are also grappling with the question of trust in the participatory age. Here's something to be proud of. Museums (and libraries) are trusted sources of information.

Will They Play in Pyongyang? Culture, Geography, and Participation

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I saw how participatory techniques were working in diverse museums around the world. Here are two observations about visitor participation: Participatory activities invite people to engage in new ways that may disrupt traditional norms of interaction. The objections started in Texas.

Where's the Community in the Crowd? Framing and the Wall Street Journal's "Everybody's a Curator"

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The whole process of being interviewed for the story made me question the stories we tell and words we use to describe participatory work. These questions don''t just apply to press coverage. What is the metaphor for participatory arts? Projects participatory museum

How Do You Inspire Visitors to Take Action After They Leave?

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But at the very next C3 meeting with our partners, we ran into two big questions of content and design: The issues facing foster youth are huge and complex. We addressed the first question with guidance from one of the former foster youth who helped develop the exhibition, Karen.

Against Participation

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I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't really thought about these questions before the Against Participation symposium. I grapple with these questions personally when I decide what invitations to take, where to spend my time, where to share my voice. At first, I thought it was a joke.

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New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

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A strong participatory process is not a loosey-goosey, open the doors and do whatever strategy. It''s not a question of the participatory process being unidirectional, something that we are doing for you the community. And it leaves me with just one question.

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Participation, Contemplation, and the Complexity of "And"

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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.

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ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine

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ASK is a mobile app which allows our visitors to ask questions about the works they see on view and get answers — from our staff — during their visit. Send in your question, and it can be days before the artist or curator responds with an answer.

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Guest Post by Jasper Visser: Storytelling for Social Cohesion at Story House Belvédère

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I asked Linda to describe what defines the team, and received over a dozen characteristics: A shared love for people They are good listeners Positively curious, and always asking new questions Actively looking for (a diversity of) people Etc.

Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

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Temple Contemporary’s mission is to creatively re-imagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance. They live their mission, working in questions and projects rather than exhibitions and programs. The community drives the question.