Failing Forward: Prototyping, Mistakes and What We Learned
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
276 America's Center
Staff of two historic houses will share their tales from the trenches of prototyping new visitor experiences on their institutions' sacred cow-the guided tour. You'll learn what we tried, what was scary, what worked, what we did when we failed, and how, eventually, we found our way to something new. Participants will get an active chance to explore various prototyping tools and build their own creative capacity, on the way to creating meaningful, more inclusive experiences for many different types of visitors.
Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- Gain specific, concrete tools for developing a prototyping process at your museum or historic house.
- Increase confidence in your creative capacity and ability to use failure as a stepping stone to new understandings.
- Understand that historic houses and museums must be more inclusive and how prototyping with diverse groups can lead to broad change.
Director of Visitor Interpretation
The Trustees of Reservations
Danielle Steinman is Director of Visitor Interpretation at the Trustees, the nation's first, and oldest land trust, which includes oversight of numerous historic properties. She was previously assoc. director of Interpretation and Public Programs at Hancock Shaker Village and has a MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.
Global Networks Program Director
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Linda Norris is an independent museum consultant, working with museums and historic sites to deepen community engagement. She teaches in the JHU online Museum Studies Program and has been a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine . She is co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice and blogs at The Uncataloged Museum.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Maura Hallisey is a Program Coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, where she manages and facilitates public programs surrounding the Center's social justice mission including the award-winning Salons at Stowe, where issues of the 19th century are connected to contemporary issues. She is a key part of the re-interpretation team, developing and implementing new interpretive techniques as a part of the reinterpretation of Stowe House.