Democratizing the Museum: Breaking Barriers to Participation

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
132 America's Center
Description
Using a storytelling format, each of four presenters will talk about a project that reached beyond the walls of the museum to gather participation and insights from the community. Hear from a diverse array of history museums and an exhibit developer about innovative strategies to engage new audiences and build community. Learn techniques to promote inter- and intra-community participation and dialogue beyond museum walls, into the virtual plane, and then back into the museum. Panelists share successes, challenges, and the strategies they employed.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Discover successful models and strategies used to engage diverse communities and overcome barriers to participation.
  2. Engage in conversations about technology's role in extending museum reach, and discover low-cost ways to elicit community participation.
  3. Consider the impact of broadening your museum's reach in the wider community and how this influences and improves the museum experience both on- and off-site.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Eric Heiman
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Principal / Creative Director
Bio
Co-founder and creative director of Volume Inc. in San Francisco. Eric has helped create promotional campaigns, exhibition programs and participatory experiences for institutions such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the California Academy of Sciences, SFMOMA, the Presidio Trust and the Boy Scouts of America. His work often engages audiences not normally targeted by design in traditional museum settings.
Presenter: 
Jessica Bicknell
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Interpretive Planning Manager
Organization: 
Penn Museum - University of Pennsylvania
Bio
Interpretive Planning Manager, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA. Developing innovative strategies to increase the museum involvement of the immediate community: students. Creating student-led exhibition initiatives, which have gone into the classroom and on campus to actively involve students in the exhibition development process.
Presenter: 
Kamille Bostick
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Vice President Education
Organization: 
Levine Museum of the New South
Bio
VP Education at Levine Museum of the New South, leads institutional efforts to use history to build community. She designs educational and public programming, including arcs of dialogue, that foster connections between the past and contemporary issues. A former high school teacher and reporter, Kamille holds an MA in English from the University of Georgia where she helped design Civil Rights Movement curriculum for grades 8-12.
Presenter: 
Kate Baillon
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
VP, Exhibitions
Organization: 
Levine Museum of the New South
Bio
VP Exhibitions at Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, NC. Kate holds an MA in Arts Administration from UNC Charlotte, and degrees in Business and Marketing Management. She seeks to create equity and access through thoughtful exhibit design and community engagement. Working in collaboration with communities and institutions to create platforms and access, building community at the intersection of art, history and exhibition.
Presenter: 
Sean Blinn
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House
Bio
Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum in Bedminster, New Jersey, and a trustee at the Heritage Trail Association in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Sean holds an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, as well as degrees in political science. A creator of Pop Up Museums - a one-day event which can open up and demystify the museum experience for people who aren't traditional museum attendees.