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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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phonebooth with storykiosk

When Camden’s school district and DIGroupArchitecture were planning for Camden’s new high school, they wanted to incorporate signature elements from the old high schools. And what could be more iconic than an original phone booth from one of the old schools? When we were referred by our friends at Night Kitchen Interactive to the Camden County Historical Society, a partner in the project, we took on a unique mission: to restore one of the old phonebooths and retrofit it with our Storykiosk installation, using its cloud-based architecture to facilitate community storytelling.

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storykiosk station in library setting

Of new directions in 2020, one of the truly positive ones was our Storykiosk installation for Kingston Public Library in Massachusetts. This installation is geared specifically for libraries, and includes a scanner for library cards and housing that works both in an unstaffed lobby as well as popup community events. Because libraries are so connected to their local communities, it provides a natural expansion of the community storytelling model we’ve been developing over the years, and presents unique opportunities for collaborations with museums.

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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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What could be more compelling than asking visitors to tell stories of their relationships with their own dogs? When I was first approached by California Science Center about providing a Storykiosk for their traveling exhibit, I knew it would be a hit. And looking at the review server for the installation, I see hundreds of heartfelt stories confirming this…

I had the pleasure of visiting the installation a couple weeks ago at its current venue, Museum of Science, Boston. It was a school vacation week, and was it busy! Visitors flowed throughout the exhibit with a variety of engaging dog related activities. The exhibit also incorporates a Storykiosk and a separate playback station, with attractive design and project development/management by Unified Field.

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