Tuesday, June 9, 2009

See ya (but not goodbye) Denver Community Museum

jaime kopke, denver community museum, maria mortatiJaime Kopke's 7 month, uber-community, uber-participatory museum experiment has ended. She's going to London to pursue a Masters in Design Curating. However, the museum is not gone- the DCM is collaborating with the new San Francisco Mobile Museum (disclosure: a project of mine).
The exhibit is a dual city community sharing project about place. We asked @ 15 people in each city, of all ages and abilities to participate. They were given a fixed size box to work within, and the results have been amazing, funny, and delightful.
It opens in Denver this weekend, and moves about the city during the next 6 weeks. It will open in the Bay Area in August, exact dates TBD.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Plan is the Plan

museum planning, strategic planning, museum, gyroscope, maria mortati
I realize we hammer on this as a post topic, but only because it's so.... essential.
Earlier this week, I was in a meeting where we were deciding on some moves for a project in it's middles stages and we were at a crossroads. These moves will some day have enormous visitor experience, staff, environmental, and of course, budgetary implications. In order to move ourselves forward, we came back to our strategic plan.
Which is why it's so important to have a strong-yet-flexible plan, strategy, or vision. With museum exhibits involving multiple parts and participants, and museum projects mushrooming out in complexity, there is no better guiding light.
Just a gentle reminder.