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The San Jose Museum of Art will design, research, produce, and launch an online collections catalog with interactive and multimedia content highlighting a core set of 50 artists. Designed for release in conjunction with the museum's 50th anniversary, this project will result in a visitor-centered public resource, including information for both the scholarly community and the general public. The updated content will serve as a model for the further development of an online collection database kiosk. This project will analyze how many website users visit the new online catalog, whether they access it from a desktop or mobile device, how long they spend on the site, and which parts of the site most engage their attention. These metrics will be used to inform future in-gallery educational programming and to eventually develop a seamless integration of technology into all viewer-engagement strategies.
The Science Museum of Virginia will create a new, maker-inspired gallery experience called "The Forge," where participants will be provided access to a diverse array of maker tools and a range of opportunities for engagement in STEM education. The goal of The Forge is to create an environment that nurtures an inter-generational, diverse community of users who are able to understand how STEM principles can be applied to the creative process, develop basic skills to use high- and low-technology tools, connect these skills to new career interests or hobbies, and engage in the process of design to make something that is important to them. The museum will design, implement, and test the first phase of its Forge gallery experience to determine the success that various strategies have in engaging guests of different skill levels, ages, genders, and interests in the process of maker experiences.
The Portland Children's Museum will plan a new water play exhibit, "River City." Rooted in a strong sense of place, "River City" will explore concepts in science and engineering through Portland's geography and watershed as defined by the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and their bridges, and through the weather (rain, fog, ice, and mountain snow). During the pilot phase of the project, staff will present children with an invitation to explore water, as well as a question or tools to stimulate that exploration. Through observation and documentation, staff will gather data from this pilot group to inform all steps of the exhibition development process, including finalizing a concept, design, prototyping, and fabrication.
The Long Island Children's Museum will develop the second phase of the Westbury STEM Partnership program which supports inquiry-based, hands-on STEM learning in the high-need Westbury School District neighboring the museum. By providing students with STEM-based educational experiences early in their education, the museum seeks to create sustained interest in STEM subjects and ultimately broaden the talent pool of students pursuing STEM careers. The Westbury STEM Partnership Phase 2 program will serve all first- and second-grade teachers and students in the school district, serving 830 students and 40 teachers each program year. The program will include expansion to two additional schools, refinement of program elements, and ongoing evaluation.
The Brooklyn Museum will implement "Shifting Focus: Looking Feminist at the Brooklyn Museum," a museum-wide investigation of how feminism informs our daily experiences and the way we look at the world. Every floor of the museum, including both the permanent and special exhibition galleries, will invite visitors to consider art, art history, and the presentation of the stories told from a feminist standpoint, challenging visitors' assumptions of art, art history, and feminism. The museum will develop a mobile app allowing visitors to compare traditional labels versus interpretation created for the project; a publication detailing the historical role of women at the museum; and updated Wikipedia pages related to art in the collection, highlighting feminism as a tool for critical cultural analysis. Results will include expanding how visitors think about feminism and its impact on art and culture; examining how museums participate in the politics of inclusion and exclusion and how awareness of this can transform museums.
The Brookfield Zoo will expand its "A Zoo for All" initiative which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through programs and resources hosted at their Play Zoo, a hands-on exhibit surrounded by outdoor discovery gardens featuring more than 300 animals. The primary purpose of the project is to ensure the inclusion of children, adult caregivers, and families of all abilities in early learning, family programs, and nature play experiences. The project will develop access and inclusion advisory councils; add an inclusion specialist to zoo staff; add a resource center and quiet spaces to the site; assess and revise existing programs; host public open houses; engage in ongoing evaluation to gauge the effectiveness of programs and activities; and communicate and disseminate results.
The Brookfield Zoo will design a professional development program that will prepare staff and volunteers to carry out the zoo's mission, "to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature," and foster the learning potential of zoo guests. The zoo has developed a learning strategy that focuses on understanding connections between people and the environment, empathy for living things, and actions that lead to a sustainable relationship with nature. The zoo's education department uses this strategy but there is a need to institutionalize this learning strategy across the institution. The goals of the three-year project are (1) to establish a professional development curriculum that will support zoo and volunteer competencies, (2) establish a learning community of zoo staff and volunteers who collaborate on skill-building and reflection, and (3) institutionalize the program into the required training of staff and volunteers.
The National Aquarium will partner with Baltimore City Public Schools to implement an experiential afterschool learning program at select middle schools to address the area's lack of science/STEM educational opportunities, lack of information about STEM career pathways, and the need to conserve aquatic resources. Students will gain exposure to science in a structured way through hands-on activities guided by the program curriculum and fieldtrips. They also will learn about STEM career pathways by interacting with near-peer mentors and aquarium staff, and engage directly in the conservation of local aquatic environments through activities and fieldtrips.
The Parrish Art Museum, in partnership with local school districts, will develop, implement, evaluate, and refine visual arts-based units of study for students. Each 12-week unit will be built around objects from the museum's permanent collection, will support Common Core State Standards, and will connect with learning outcomes in core subject areas. This new initiative will support teaching and learning in schools that are under the combined pressures of budget cuts, new standards, and increasing numbers of English-language learners. The project will increase student engagement and learning in the visual and language arts; provide young people with skills and opportunities to find personal meaning and relevance in art; and develop classroom resources for the museum's permanent collection in order to make this learning resource more accessible to local schools. Success will be assessed annually through participant interviews to measure change in understanding of and interest in visual art and the museum experience.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan will install a new exhibition and program series, "Dance Portal," designed to extend and connect the four strategic focus areas outlined in the museum's long range plan: the arts and creativity, health, early childhood, and culture. "The Dance Portal," an immersive interactive environment consisting of a vertical dome/panoramic screen programmed to feature videos of dance as it relates to art, creativity, culture, and health. The installation will be complemented by live performances and hands-on workshops featuring presentations by professional dancers, dance educators and cultural partners. Through these programs, the museum seeks to better serve its community by creating new interpretive programs and engaging learning experiences, and by providing high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities for families to learn about the city's vast cultural riches.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will digitize a collection of letters assembled by 1980s teen AIDS activist Ryan White, now part of the museum's collection, and create online school and family learning modules designed to teach targeted subjects through primary source documents. The online modules will also engage students, families, and volunteers in the crowd-sourced transcription of the letters, eventually contributing searchable transcriptions to the digital archive. By engaging with the digital learning modules and transcription activities, student and family learners will increase their understanding of using primary source material for learning about the past, learn more about the story of Ryan White, increase their connection to current societal issues in the U.S, and gain positive attitudes towards engagement with public history.
The Children's Museum of the Upstate will create a re-imagined and upgraded "7 on Your Side Media Lab," a state-of-the-art exhibit dedicated to the creation of digital media content and exploration of issues relating to media literacy in the 21st century. The project will create a new resource for informal learning in digital media; activate the new exhibit through development and delivery of customized curriculum units that align with the specific digital media literacy goals of key community partners; and create a new setting for delivery of high-quality distance learning programs that improve local access to regional and national educational resources, particularly in the STEM fields. Success of the program will be determined through pre- and post- testing, visit observations, participant self-assessments, and interviews and focus groups with visitors.
Zoo Atlanta will expand its collaboration with the Fulton County School System by providing educational programming and training to support five Title I elementary schools' journeys toward STEM Certification. This project will allow the zoo to better serve its public by strengthening its relationships with the metro Atlanta school systems and by broadening access to those who would normally not be able to visit the zoo. Each of the five partner schools will receive the following in each year of this three-year project: a professional development workshop, educator access to an online classroom portal; three visits from the Zoo Mobile Outreach Program; a transportation stipend; and three Zoo Field School programs. The zoo will measure the success of this program by evaluating the extent to which this project supports communities of practice by increasing the zoo's ability to collaborate with underserved school audiences and encourage educators to explore the zoo's role in supporting classroom learning.
The Armory Center for the Arts will expand Art High, a visual and media arts instruction program for at-risk and in-crisis teens from low-income, disenfranchised neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. Courses will be held at the Armory's main site studios, easily accessible community and school partner sites, and a growing network of LA County Juvenile Camps and Halls. Intended outcomes for Art High students include building core competency in vital 21st-century learning skills through diverse individual and collaborative projects; positively contributing to their communities though apprenticeships, mentorship, and by developing exhibitions, public art projects, and community events; and developing skill in and understanding of the visual and media arts. Success in achieving these outcomes will be measured by assessing teen retention, the level of effective collaboration among teens both in class and via related activities, and the degree to which teens increase their knowledge and skill in the arts.
Historic Hudson Valley will create a film-based online curriculum for middle and high school students to confront complex issues of northern colonial enslavement and explore methods of resistance employed by the enslaved community. The project will create an engaging learning experience that helps students explore new information, ask questions, and develop an increased sense of empathy with historical figures. The 10-12 minute film will present a fictionalized account of an actual event that took place in 1740 at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The film and its curriculum will be useful either in conjunction with a visit to the site or as a stand-alone lesson and will provide teachers with an important resource to use in addressing sensitive and timely topics in the classroom. The project will produce evaluation reports and teacher surveys for revising curriculum and informing future projects on the topic.
Connecticut Landmarks will engage with teens to create new exhibitions and related programs at three sites: The Nathan Hale Homestead, the Hempsted House, and the Butler-McCook House and Garden. To accomplish these goals, the museum will work with teens to co-create, prototype, and evaluate new exhibits and interpretive programs and provide professional development for staff to better engage visitors in dialog about challenging topics. The project aims to significantly expand community engagement at these site. The project's success will be measured through visitor responses to the new programs and exhibits and dialog-based (rather than guided) experiences. Surveys, observations and interviews will monitor the visitor experience and staff learning.
COSI will embark on a two-year project to identify and test key messages for communicating the idea that "social science is a science and it matters to me and my world." Informal learning institutions, such as COSI, often lack experiences that expose visitors to the social sciences. COSI seeks to fill that void by creating a suite of prototype experiences to help visitors construct meaning around the big, complex idea of social science. The project is designed to provide informal science educators and designers with new evidence-based avenues for communicating the nature and role of social science. Visitors to these institutions will better understand the role of social science in relation to other sciences. Iterative feedback from visitors and professionals in the field will help COSI determine what activities appear to best convey the subthemes: what is social science, how you do social science, what social science can tell us, and why it matters.
The City of Raleigh Museum will plan its first major exhibition, CityLab, which will become a permanent exhibition located in the main gallery of the museum in downtown Raleigh. CityLab will explore how Raleigh has progressed and developed over time, and encourage and inspire visitors to consider what Raleigh will become. Activities include the selection of a design firm; focus group sessions with members of the local university community, teachers, and representatives from the local area; the development of curriculum and related programming; and a final design plan for the exhibition. The exhibition will support the museum's mission to preserve and celebrate Raleigh, and, through the exhibition, the museum will become a valued cultural resource that is an integral part of the community it serves. The intended outcome for the exhibition will be to expand visitors' understanding of city functions, how the city has changed and will continue to change over time, and how each individual may have an impact.
Historic Annapolis will design, fabricate, and install the proposed exhibition, "A History of Annapolis in 99 Objects." The exhibition will tell the broad, inclusive story of Maryland's capital city, which is comprised of four centuries of diverse history, and provide much-needed information to both out-of-town visitors and local residents. Activities include the completion and installation of the exhibition, as well as an exhibition guide, online interactive website, and printed educational materials. The progress and success of the exhibition will be evaluated through focus groups, visitor experience and understanding surveys, and surveys on the content and format of exhibition's supplemental materials.
The Erie Art Museum will partner with three different middle school populations (one suburban, one rural, and one inner-city), and a regional arts council to lead a large-scale local initiative, Erie Together. The initiative will train and support teachers and resident artists to institute creative, cross-disciplinary projects with their students, connecting real-life experiences to their formal curricula. The program shows educators how to apply the museum curatorial process - selecting, evaluating, interpreting, and presenting objects in exhibitions - to engage students in the concepts of their curriculum. The educators also assist students in creating an exhibition that draws from the students' collections. Students take tours of the museum, paying special attention to how exhibits are constructed and lighted, and how objects are sequenced and placed. Schools then determine an exhibition theme, assemble and curate their collections, and design and construct their exhibitions. After being on display at each participating school, the exhibitions will be installed professionally at the museum.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) will develop "American Alchemy: Junk to Scrap to Recycling," an exhibition telling the story of Jews and other people in the American scrap industry, the technological dimensions of scrap recycling, and artistic interpretations of scrap recycling. The exhibition will take shape through consultations with past and present participants in the scrap industry, and collaboration with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries to collect oral histories, and to gather historical and technical materials. JMM will produce an interpretive plan, object list, and design approach while solidifying partnerships with institutions, and preparing school and adult programs. Once planning is complete, JMM will install the exhibition and companion components while the museum's staff will develop programs throughout Maryland to supplement the exhibition. These programs will be adapted for subsequent venues when the exhibition travels to other locations across the nation.
The Sciencenter will establish an interactive exhibition within the new Young Scientist Gallery to inspire excitement for STEM and empower children, ages five to eleven, who are interested in using environmental science to shape the future. Changing Skies will connect children with environmental science through a series of hands-on activities. The exhibition will encourage visitors to consider the broader impacts climate change has on our environment, society and economy. It encourages visitors to think about what they might do to address the negative effects of climate change. The exhibition will support the Sciencenter's focus on empowering youth to use science to shape a better future, by helping them improve their curiosity, confidence, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
The Florence Griswold Museum (FGM) will develop, produce, and evaluate a prototype online learning portal that will help Connecticut elementary school teachers and students learn about state history and culture through the museum's collections of American art. The museum will design the content to align with Connecticut's new frameworks for Social Studies and Connecticut Common Core learning objectives and will provide visual teaching strategies in which teachers learn to support students' critical thinking skills by facilitating discussions of works of art. With input from curriculum specialists, teachers, and students, the museum will develop an online portal with a selection of FGM's works of art as primary documents to engage learning about local, state, and national history. Feedback from this project will help inform the creation of a complete collection of online portfolios for the teacher web portal.
Ford's Theatre Society will create a mobile interpretive application to enhance the experience of visitors to the museum, the Petersen House, and their Center for Education and Leadership. The mobile app is aimed at three targeted audiences comprising the majority of museum visitors: students, grades 5-8; tourist families with children; and any visitor coming to the museum campus at the same time as a school group. The free mobile component will provide a series of compelling narratives guiding visitors through the museum campus and the story of Lincoln's presidency, assassination, and legacy, and create opportunities for students to connect these moments of history with moments in their own lives. The museum will work closely with a digital developer to ensure the solution is accessible for audiences with low vision and/or hearing impairment.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art will develop a mobile audio-visual tour to enable visitor engagement with the stories conveyed by its grounds, art collection, and archives. The mobile tour will engage the public with national stories from the aftermath of the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement to the present day including the imbalance of industrial wealth, racial inequality during the era of Jim Crow, and tobacco use and the economy it fueled. Project activities will include selecting the sites, objects, and stories for the audio-visual tour; drafting and finalizing all content; completing new audio content; finalizing the custom design of the web app that will deliver the tour; and introducing the tour to the public.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (RRHOFM) will design, create, and implement a virtual recording studio that will allow visitors to create their own version of a popular rock song or to record their own composition. The Museum will develop an interface that allows visitors to create recordings on guitar, bass, drums, or vocals. Project staff will select 10 to 20 songs from the history of rock that are simple enough for most visitors to play and develop instructional content on how to play each instrument and song. When the virtual recording studio opens, the project team will collect user data and visitor feedback and make improvements to the exhibit based on this information. The virtual recording studio will help visitors gain a deeper understanding how artists and producers create rock and pop music, and it will help them develop a visceral, personal connection with the music.
The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture will create professional development opportunities for its staff and volunteers to foster a culture that engages in and values reflective practice and evaluation strategies. The training will be developed in collaboration with an external audience research firm. The project will include multi-day workshops, the development of an Impact Planning Framework and Evaluation Plan with associated data collection instruments and protocols for ongoing activities, and ethics training. The project intends to provide the museum staff the resources and skills to effectively design, implement, manage, and complete data analysis for ongoing evaluation projects and to actively share information and use audience research data to direct decisions.
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) will develop a small-scale traveling exhibition to broaden access to stories of the American Jewish people for schools, synagogues, and museums across the country. "Let My People Go: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews" will feature custom curricula, a programming handbook, and pre-designed marketing materials to inspire dialogue on contemporary issues of immigration, refugees, and religious freedom. The goal of this project is to increase public understanding of the movement to free Soviet Jewry, as told through the personal stories represented in the museum, and to increase study and programming around this subject nationally.
Miami Children's Museum (MCM), in partnership with the New World Symphony, will redesign its Music and Sounds Gallery into a pavilion providing children, primarily ages four to eight, with a stimulating and interactive musical experience involving kinesthetic, auditory, and visual modalities. The museum seeks to provide the perfect physical environment for exposing children to musical experiences that enhance the development of their minds and bodies, while also serving their expressive, emotional, intellectual, social, and creative needs. Various studies have found that musical intelligence has a place of importance together with logical, kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligence. The exhibition will use the process of play to engage children in a variety of music-based activities incorporated into eight distinctive program components that support Florida's Early Learning Standards.
The Missouri Historical Society will create the ACTivists Project to raise awareness about St. Louis' civil rights history and situate the 2014 events in Ferguson in the context of the larger civil rights movement. The Missouri Historical Society seeks to educate by engaging the community with the history of civil rights in St. Louis and by showing the connections and relevance of today's social movements to those of the past. The project will develop inclusive and accessible learning opportunities for a variety of audiences by expanding the reach of the museum theatre programs and providing an expanded, two-part K-12 educational experience. The project will increase understanding and awareness of St. Louis's civil rights history and help visitors connect the city's past with its present.
The Museum of the City of New York will develop, launch, promote, and evaluate education programs and materials for K-12 students and teachers for "New York at Its Core," a major, long-term exhibition on New York City's 400-year history that will open in November 2016. The need to build the city's students' history knowledge and skills is great. One-third of the city's high school students fail to pass the U.S. History Regents, necessary for graduating from high school. The museum will create and launch education programs and materials for the exhibition that will include three 60-minute fieldtrips, one for each of the exhibition's three main galleries; a free online teacher resource guide, including lesson plans and pre- and post-visit activities; and professional development offerings for teachers, including lectures by leading historians on exhibition content.
The Walker Art Center will leverage its newly renovated 19-acre campus, including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, as an accessible platform for multidisciplinary education programming. New K-12 curricula and programs will support students in developing 21st century skills while addressing the perceptual, financial, and physical barriers to arts participation. Four new curriculum strands will engage students through multidisciplinary investigations and integrated learning, with specialized strands targeting underserved communities, including English Language Learners (ELL) and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Outreach efforts, marketing materials, and travel subsidies will be developed along with modified programs for students with visual and hearing impairments and physical disabilities. The project will create a new tour program, including recruiting and training new educators in advance of the campus launch in summer 2017.
The American Museum of the Moving Image will develop a new programming initiative that offers engaging, experiential learning and cultural programming for children, ages four to 12, and their caregivers. The initiative will feature drop-in activities, gallery activities, workshops, family tours, artist-led programs and performances, screenings and response activities, large-scale day-long events, family-member only events, and exclusive family hours in the galleries. The project will create programs specifically targeted to families year round; offer more activities for families with younger children; and present programs that are appealing to a wide range of ethnic and cultural groups. The project aims to grow attendance to a sustained annual level of 250,000, triple family memberships, and grow repeat visitors by eight percent.
MASS MoCA will implement Courageously Optimistic, a program to help underprivileged youth enhance their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The program is part of the four-year Art 4 Change initiative seeking to instill in children the values of empathy, optimism, and courage, which are considered fundamental for problem-solving. Courageously Optimistic will help students in grades pre-K through eight develop these values through a series of no-cost school and family programs including art education fieldtrips, art-making workshops, interactive exhibitions, and performances. The program supports the museum's mission to serve as an agent of change by creating and evaluating curricula and exhibition projects that contribute to a more hopeful vision for the future of Berkshire County.
The San Antonio Museum of Art will evaluate the effectiveness of the School Partnership Program (SPP), a customized arts-based education program; and the Guided Tour program, a single-visit 50-minute school tour program, in order to determine appropriate adjustments to museum teaching practices. This initiative will conduct much needed audience-based research that will help educators justify the instructional time and cost of integrating art education into their curricula. Upon completion of the evaluation, staff will analyze the data to better understand the effects exposure to art museums has on students and determine which best practices to apply to the development of the SPP model, the Guided Tour program, and other family programs and resources.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) will stabilize and strengthen its long-term partnership with the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment (BASE), a small high school co-founded by BBG serving underprivileged students, as BBG transitions from one of many community partners to the sole partner of BASE. During the transitional period, BBG will evaluate program effectiveness and restore the community partnership staffing structure that (1) provides support and expertise to the school for implementing environmental and science core curriculum units, (2) ensures students are connected with internship and career exploration opportunities which help develop skills necessary to succeed in the fields of science and the environment; and (3) builds positive community and school culture in collaboration with students, teachers, administrators, families, and other partnership staff. Through the partnership, BBG connects students to plants, ecosystems, environmental science, and agriculture through direct experiences in field-based learning.
The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will commemorate the centennial of its founding gift from art collector Sallie Casey Thayer through by creating educational programs and interactive displays to complement the exhibition, Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for the University of Kansas. Museum staff will conduct archival and object-based research on artworks included in the exhibition and photograph approximately 1,000 objects, which will increase access to those objects and allow them to be more fully incorporated in educational materials. Additional learning experiences will be available to the public through guided visits for K-12 and university students, public tours, lectures, children's art-making classes, workshops for instructors, and a series of trading cards featuring Thayer collection objects. The recently launched museum mobile app will provide an additional layer of interaction to guests by offering videos, interpretive text, and images that supplement the exhibition.
The Pratt Museum, in collaboration with seven diverse communities of South Central Alaska, will explore the cultural values that make each community unique. Through a series of community conversations, directed interviews, and musical performance events, community members will share and learn more about their own traditions, inspiring intergenerational learning, and community pride. The process will preserve heritage by documenting songs, recipes, and stories, as well as the meaningful underlying values conveyed through these traditions. Radio broadcasts, public events, and the publication of a culturally rich cookbook, with an accompanying music album, will make this content accessible to communities and the wider world. The book will draw from outreach material, focusing heavily on original voices with sensitive interpretation, and will integrate stories of food, music, and rich photographic imagery. Through this process, community members will learn about their neighbors and about international foods and sounds that have become part of their way of life, enabling them to see the similarities and differences among them.
The Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) will create a consistent and sustainable evaluation process for assessing the educational impact exhibits and programs have on audiences. CDM will build an ongoing culture of evaluation among its staff through workshops, professional development, internal meetings, and visits to other museums. The project will support a well-defined evaluation framework, assessment tools, cross-departmental monthly meetings dedicated to evaluation, and staff trained for evaluation to ensure successful implementation of the project. Evaluation of the project will be conducted to assess changes in staff attitudes toward evaluation, knowledge gained from the process and the ability to conduct evaluations for all programs and exhibits at CDM. With a consistent evaluation program, CDM can better understand and meet the needs of its audiences, creating more meaningful and lasting impactful experiences for visitors.
The Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), in partnership with the Brooklyn Movement Center and Weeksville Heritage Center, will establish Voices of Crown Heights, a multidimensional project that will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the August 1991 Crown Heights riot by exploring the history and future of Crown Heights. Grounded in the oral history concept of listening, the project will focus on unheard stories by exploring overlooked narratives in existing collections, and collecting new oral histories of previously overlooked populations. BHS will present these narratives on multiple platforms, including oral history interviews and workshops, a web-based listening portal, and podcasts. The project will address the need for listening as a vital tool for creating empathy and learning, noting the importance of critically examining history in understanding current events. Program success will be tracked through questionnaires, interviews, consultations, and reflective journaling by program staff to capture their work in relationship-building skills with the intent to model practices for community members' relations.
The New England Wild Flower Society will develop and administer an educational outreach program intended to create a network of pollinator gardens throughout New England that are filled with plants that support a broad diversity of pollinators, addressing the drop in pollinator populations across the U.S. Program activities include developing and administering a suite of available learning opportunities delivered through a variety of educational materials. These materials include an online course, accompanying educational materials and manuals for garden installation and care, interpretive signage which homeowners can display, and social media sites where homeowners can share their results. As a result of program participation, homeowners will have an increased awareness of pollinator decline, and have heightened motivation to convert part of their yard into a pollinator garden to address this decline. Further, program participants will be prepared to exert influence on the rest of their local community to encourage installation of additional pollinator gardens.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA) will create a local, regional, and national strategy, onsite and online, for teen arts programs by addressing three interrelated needs: 1) the need to redesign their website, eliminating current design and functionality challenges; 2) the need to provide Boston teens with art education, leadership and skill development, social and emotional well-being, and peer learning; and 3) the need to provide youth opportunities to have a voice in the emerging field of teen arts education by spearheading regional forums around the country. In addition to updating the website, activities include the continuation of ICA teen programs such as the Teen Arts Council; Teen New Media courses; Fast Forward, a yearlong film program; interest-driven clubs; credit-bearing initiatives where teens can earn school credit for program participation; and ICA's Artist Encounters program. Finally, ICA will provide guidance for six regional forums, which will bring the knowledge and tools ICA has developed to a much broader audience.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will create dynamic interpretation and educational content around the history of Growler - the museum's Cold War era submarine. The museum will hire a guest historian to identify compelling, engaging and effective curatorial approaches to the exhibition, driving the development of media content and producing a collection of oral histories. Twenty video-based oral history interviews will be conducted with former crew members. A media producer will be hired to produce exhibition and social media content adapted from the oral histories. These media elements, both video- and audio- based, will be available for immediate use in public and educational programs, exhibits, web-based and digital platforms. On-going formative assessments and summative evaluation will provide visitor feedback for consideration during the exhibition development phases and measure visitor engagement, interest, and understanding.
The Museum of Earth at the Paleontological Research Institute will highlight the contributions of American women in paleontology through creation of a traveling exhibition, programming for informal educators and classroom teachers, a website featuring additional content and educational resources, and two books. Through the exhibition and its associated outreach, visitors will, 1) understand the connections between science and the cultural context in which it is practiced, 2) be able to describe the ways gender and society have affected paleontology throughout U.S. history, 3) determine how opportunities for women paleontologists are different today than in the past; and 4) gain a better understanding of paleontology and its importance. The books, programming, and website will help a broader audience gain an appreciation for the accomplishments of women in paleontology.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center will implement a new art-making initiative to foster innovative, scholarly work and to deepen public awareness of art environments. This multi-component initiative will take an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding and interpretation of art environments. An onsite exhibition series will be integrated into a yearlong research and response program culminating in an international conference. The exhibition will include seminal art environments in the collection. A cohort of ten scholars, writers, artists, and curators will work in pairs to respond to and reinterpret one of the exhibited art-environment builders. A three-day international conference in partnership with the Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training will include white papers and artistic responses to art-environment builders and an interactive website. Online source materials documenting the collection generated and disseminated throughout the initiative and a virtual, online recreation of the anniversary year exhibition will incorporate the new scholarship and responses.
The New England Aquarium (NEAq) will meet the challenge of keeping their exhibitions fresh, inspiring, and engaging for visitors by developing an exhibition master plan. The new master plan will promote NEAq's goals to engage, inform, and inspire the general public; enhance the satisfaction and "wow" factor of museum visits; and elevate the design and sustainability of the exhibition path. Visitors will experience a revitalized NEAq through new habitats, improvements in interpretation, and more interactive features. Guided by the master plan, NEAq will strengthen the link between ocean science and solutions-oriented action for visitors so that they may become proponents of protecting the world's oceans.
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will implement Early Science Learning Initiative to address the need for an improved early-science learning program for youth across the state of Vermont. Partnering with three local early learning providers, the program will build school science readiness by connecting young children and preschool educators to high-quality science training materials and learning experiences. Project staff will work with educators from partner preschools to strengthen classroom curricula, implement professional development workshops, and provide partner preschools the opportunity to attend classes and family science festivals at ECHO.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will create a series of three pop-up, experimental play experiences. These play experiences, called "adventures," are designed to support young children's (ages 0-6) need to learn through open-ended play and also support caregivers' need to understand and facilitate their children's development. Development of these play experiences support OMSI's need to provide more accessible, meaningful experiences for families with young children as part of strategic initiative to invest in early childhood education. Each adventure will be developed by OMSI in collaboration with a child development expert from Lewis and Clark College to focus on a specific aspect of play and its role in a child's development. OMSI staff and the researcher will also create complementary interpretive materials to encourage caregivers to observe their children playing and to learn more about the value of play.
The Pacific Science Center will partner with the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) to initiate a second cohort of teen interns for its Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program (LWWIP). Over three years, eight college students will mentor up to 34 teen interns, who in turn will reach 750 K-5 elementary students via afterschool programs involving hands-on learning, habitat restoration, and stream monitoring. Teen interns will demonstrate an increase in their science process, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills; indicate an increase in their appreciation, understanding and sense of stewardship for their watershed; and show an increase in their awareness of environmental science and education careers. UWB undergraduate volunteer mentors will gain skills in education and mentorship, and K-5 participants in afterschool programs will increase their knowledge of the Lake Washington watershed and their local creek as well as have an understanding of their role in protecting it.
The Children's Museum of the East End will develop Play/Practice, which will combine ongoing outreach programming for hundreds of low-income preschool children paired with professional development for early childhood educators in Eastern Long Island. Play/Practice will accomplish the following objectives: 1) ensure that all children can access the museum; 2) actively educate and champion the importance of play; and 3) provide ongoing training for educators outside of the museum. The program will be presented at six preschools and early learning centers, serving a total of 461 children and 26 lead teachers. Play/Practice allows the museum to provide underserved children and teachers in the East End community with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in their careers.