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overview of COVID 19 heroes exhibit

Museums have a special role to play advancing the cause of community participation against COVID-19. It’s been rewarding working with California Science Center to advance this role in their All In This Together exhibit. The exhibit highlights how individual actions come together to affect community — how your actions can combat COVID-19.

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Popup exhibits have been on the radar for many museums for several years now. These exhibit outposts can be located outside the museum, in community spaces, often outdoors. And now, during times of COVID-19, these outdoor, remote locations may provide new options for museums looking to connect beyond their walls. Our focus in particular has been gathering community stories, recorded in video, as part of a popup exhibit experience.

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How do we connect with museum audiences – their stories and experiences – when even visiting museums is a sporadic, uncertain prospect? Covid-19 challenges museums to find new ways of connecting with communities. One approach is to ask audience members directly to record their experiences in response to questions such as “How did your family come to our community?” This community storytelling process encourages museums to reach out to connect with visitors where they are, whether in exhibits, outdoor satellite spaces, or at home.

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aam muse award

We’re at the end of the summer, and I realize I haven’t blogged yet about the big news for us a couple months ago at the AAM (American Association of Museums) annual conference: two of our Storykiosk projects received  the association’s MUSE Award, given to exceptional media projects in museums across the U.S.

For those who aren’t familiar with the MUSE Awards, they’re like the Academy Awards in the film industry, except people outside the museum industry don’t know about them, we don’t get dressed up to receive them, and nobody really knows who we are.  (Though I think we’re more diverse).  It’s an honor to receive one, and even more to be recognized on two projects.

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