April Lunch with NEMA
WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Noon - 1 pm
WHAT: Bringing the Public into Your Sandbox Without Getting Sand in Your Face – or Theirs.
WHO: Betsy Loring, Director of Exhibits and Alice Promisel, Exhibit Content Developer, EcoTarium
Engaging subject content experts, community organizations, trustees, and the general public in exhibit development can strengthen content, build buy-in, and identify new creative directions. But suggestions like “Make the exhibit about glitter widgets” and “My students can make prototypes!” can be headache-inducing. Without good structure, the process of involving outsiders in our work can leave staff and advisors alike feeling frustrated, unheard, or worst of all, disrespected.
While developing their City Science exhibit, the EcoTarium’s exhibit staff engaged dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals in its exhibit development process. The team has developed methods for getting the right information from the right people at the right time while keeping participants engaged and satisfied. And the team made some mistakes along the way - so you don’t have to!
Join EcoTarium Director of Exhibits Betsy Loring and Exhibit Content Developer Alice Promisel as they share lessons learned. They will also share some of the tools they used to keep everyone “playing in the same sandbox” and the playing by the rules unique to museums.
This session is for all types of museums. Grab your lunch and bring your fears, frustrations, triumphs and questions.