Offering Low Tech Audience Engagement in a High Tech World

Track
Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
276 America's Center
Description
This session reflects on the challenges of balancing the use of technology with low-tech options, the pressures of museums to keep up with the latest digital technologies, and the potential innovations that exist outside of the digital sphere. Learn how four museums were intentional in their choices to engage visitors through low-tech experiences. The session will include significant audience evaluation findings showing visitor learning and a yearning for opportunities to unplug from the digital landscape in order to think, create, and reconnect.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Learner Outcome
  1. Explore the value of low-tech museum experiences, considering what it means in the context of a high-tech world of visitors.
  2. Learn evaluation strategies for measuring the impact of low-tech programs, as well as data to help advocate for making low-tech choices.
  3. Reflect on your own museum context and ways to be more intentional about choosing low-tech and/or high-tech experiences.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Amy Nelson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Grants/Assets
Organization: 
University of Kentucky Art Museum
Bio
Amy Nelson is Director of Grants/Assets at the University of Kentucky Art Museum and coordinates museum fundraisers and philanthropy. She served as Interim Director from August 2013-June 2014. She began her career as a museum educator at the Kimbell Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and San Antonio Museum of Art. She holds a BA from Brigham Young University, MA from the University of North Texas, and is a student at the University of Kentucky.
Presenter: 
Brandy Vause
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
VP, External Relations
Organization: 
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bio
Brandy Vause is VP, External Relations at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and Center for Childhood Creativity, where she oversees all fundraising, membership, admissions, marketing & communications strategies. Earlier in her career, she has worked as a university fundraiser, museum educator, and preschool director. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum Education Roundtable, which produces the Journal of Museum Education.
Presenter: 
Erin Adams
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Education & Interpretation
Organization: 
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage - Home of the People's President
Bio
Erin Adams has been the Director of Education & Interpretation at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage since 2014. Before coming to The Hermitage, Erin served as the Executive Director of the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden in Alexandria, VA and established the University Archives and Special Collections at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. Erin holds degrees from Freed-Hardeman and The George Washington University.
Presenter: 
Nathalie Ryan
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Coordinator, Family & Teen Pro
Organization: 
National Gallery of Art
Bio
Nathalie Ryan is Senior Educator & Manager, Department of Gallery and Studio Learning, at the National Gallery of Art. She worked at the Dallas Museum of Art, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, and Allen Memorial Art Museum. She holds an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA from UT Austin, and studied at Oberlin College. She teaches at Harvard Project Zero and lead author of An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and their Work.