A visitor engages with All At Once at the Williams College Museum of Art
Thanks to an ever-growing number of interactives, apps, and online platforms, museums can engage with their audiences in more ways than ever before.
With so many tools available, staff often find themselves discussing the role technology plays in visitor learning:
In what ways can technology help provide inclusive and accessible interpretation of the museum’s
How can digital media be used to connect with visitors both onsite and online?
What stories can the museum’s content tell and how can we create that content collaboratively?
Conversations around these topics are the central focus of the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG. As a community of practice, our mission is to build knowledge and skills around the planning and implementation of media and experiences that support visitor’s connections to collections and ideas. Through our messaging board on Basecamp and regular google hangouts, the group addresses the role of digital interpretation and educational tools in the museum.
Interested? Come join us! We’d love to hear about your experiences and learn from each other.
SIG Chair – Alicia Viera, Interpretive Planner, Detroit Institute of Arts
SIG Co-Chair Melissa Mair, Senior Interpretation Planner, Carnegie Museum of Art
Join me in congratulating Alexis Light, Yvonne Lee, David Nuñez and Mark Osterman who have just been appointed to serve as Directors on the Board of MCN for a 3-year term effective this November.
The Board also appointed current board member Mitch Sava to serve as Vice-President in 2020 and succeed Matt Tarr as President in 2021.
Lastly, join me in extending our gratitude to Elizabeth Bollwerk (MCN President), Deborah Howes, Greg Albers, Darren Milligan and Lori Byrd-McDevitt, who will be stepping down in November. Thank you for the time, care and efforts, you each dedicated to making MCN a stronger organization over the past 3 years.
You will get a chance to see them in person as well as current and past MCN board members, in a couple of months in San Diego for MCN 2019. We hope to see you there.
2019 Nominating Committee
Elizabeth Bollwerk, President
Matt Tarr, VP/President-Elect
Courtney OCallaghan, Director
Lori Byrd-McDevitt, Director
Eric Longo, Executive Director
Head of Collection Information and Digital Assets | LACMA (Los Angeles, CA)
In her current role at LACMA, Yvonne Lee oversees stewardship of the art administration systems and their data and provides strategic solutions for pluralistic user needs. Before joining LACMA, Yvonne served as Research and Data Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission (now Department of Arts and Culture) administering arts data that balanced accuracy with sensitivity and inclusion to develop and implement policies for a diverse constituency of 10 million individuals.
In addition to serving on MCN’s Board, Yvonne is active with Los Angeles County’s Arts Datathon group and speaks regularly on data literacy in the arts, empowering cultural workers in the assessment of technology, and critically examining assumptions coded into prevailing data practices. She holds a B.A. in Art History from UC Berkeley and an MLIS in Archival Science from UCLA.
Assistant Director of Communications & Marketing | Frick Collection (New York, NY)
With over 17 years working in communications and marketing for arts and culture, and in her current leadership role at the Frick, Alexis brings expertise in public relations, marketing, and social media content strategy.
She received an M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s, New York, in 2004, and a B.A. from Saint Louis University in 2002.
Director of Technology and Digital Strategy | MIT Museum (Boston, CA)
In his current role at the MIT Museum, David leads the digital+physical transformation as the museum reboots in its new location and is in the process of deploying new infrastructure to support improved collections access, innovative digital experiences, and more consistent ongoing audience engagement.
Through his consulting work, David helps organizations identify, understand, and build strategies for near-future digital approaches. Over the past twenty years working with non-profits, startups, and brands, he has developed an unwavering belief in a hands-on approach to research about digital+physical innovation: the best way to understand a topic is through rapid and soulful prototyping with upcoming technologies. Thus, he knows his hands will always be covered in source code regardless of his job title.
Previously he was Managing Partner at Midnight Commercial, a Brooklyn-based digital strategy/innovation consultancy. His multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, and strategists invented new products, experiences, and artwork for C-suite leaders and global design teams, including digital engagement initiatives for Target, Google, Cartier, and Samsung. David held a Visiting Scientist appointment with the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab, where he explored the evocative movement of machines and robots. He was a visiting lecturer at Northeastern University, teaching programming in the College of Arts, Media, and Design. He regularly delivers guest talks for museum studies, design, and technology courses and meetups. His personal research interests include source code ephemera and esoteric programming languages, and his work seeks to illuminate the human soul that exists in all software. He built Geppetto, a platform for the computational choreography of machines and robots in performances. He is working on a text editor for live coding, kn0t, that enables human expression through the performative act of writing software.
David holds an M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab where he worked in the Personal Robots group. He earned a B.A. in Computer Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University.
Digital Experience Designer | Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami (Miami, FL)
A formally trained educator (Ed.D from Florida University), Mark Osterman is a museum administrator, researcher, technologist and artist. Mark recently joined the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami after 5 years at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. He brings experience in strategic planning, education, curriculum development, interpretive technologies, accessibility, volunteer management, evaluations, and DEAI initiatives related to museum practice. He previously worked at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design, and The Wolfsonian-FIU.
Mark served as a volunteer in various capacities: Conference Committee Chair for AAM EdCom, Member of the Museum Education Division Peers Initiative for NAEA, and Grant Reviewer & Panelist for Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. He also often presents nationally on technology in museums and art educational theory and research studies, and has published work in the Journal of Museum Education, the Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia among others. Mark lives in Miami Beach.