When you start a new project — like a new exhibit at a museum — you might look at what other organizations are doing, and that can be a good thing. This session is all about collaboration — both internally and externally — as Elisabeth Berry Drago and Rebecca Ortenberg from the Chemical Heritage Foundation join in to talk about how the museum worked with other organizations as it developed its newest exhibit. They discuss how they worked to personalize the exhibit for museum-goers and how they looked to other organizations for help in creating that experience. They talk about the new Things Falls Apart exhibit and how they strive to create a personal connection with both visitors and the wider community.
- How to ask other organizations for help or advice
- Why an emotional connection is just as important as a personalized one
- How the museum seeks to connect with a wide audience
- Ways you can learn from other organizations or institutions
- How to work with other departments within your organization on a project
- Why it’s OK that one project won’t connect with everyone
- Chemical Heritage Foundation website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
- Things Fall Apart exhibit and walking tour
- Email Elisabeth: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email Rebecca: email@example.com
- Eastern State Penitentiary
- National Park Service
- Drexel University’s Fox Historic Costume Collection
- Detour guided walking tours
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