For, With and By: Making Museums Awesome for Kids

Professional Forum
Alice Walker, Antenna International, USA, Masha Turchinsky, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, Barry Joseph, Barry Joseph Consulting, USA

How do we make museums awesome for kids? In spite of best intentions, at one point or another all museums have found themselves in the position of speaking to kids (or their parents), rather than with kids when developing and producing museum experiences. At other times, museums have been tempted to stay relevant using technology, only to find that kids can smell a fake when the content doesn’t hold up. So how do we make encounters at museums, online and via apps that are responsive to kids, placing them at the center of the experience both before, during, and after their visit? Panelists from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Milwaukee Art Museum will explore projects that let children’s voices in at the outset, including the Met’s #metkids and AMNH’s MicroRangers, and how this shifts the conversation from kids as the audience of tomorrow to one of critical importance in museum learning today. MAM will look at the challenge of delivering a dedicated kids app for a range of ages and introducing the ArtSelfie. The panel will be moderated by Antenna International, framing these worked examples with a discussion of how user-centric and responsive approaches create experiences that truly resonate with younger audiences. Antenna draws on recent workshops with kids to create live radio-broadcasts from museums, audio-logs, and other initiatives using location aware technology for personalized, adaptive experiences for kids, and create your own adventure apps (Neue Palais, Germany and TATE Modern, UK).

Connecting Kids to History With Museum Exhibitions, D. Lynn McRainey (Editor); John Russick (Editor), 334 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Feb, 2010
Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out by Mimi Ito et al - framework and research for youth programming related to technology
Wallace Foundation “Something to Say” report - out-of-school-time research on successful arts education programming (transferrable to other disciplines)
MCN 2014 Panel presentations by Sofie Andersen and co-panelists on co-curating with teens
2014 NMC Horizon Education Report - on digital literacy