Andrea Jones chats with Sarah Litvin of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History
Andrea Jones chats with Ali Smith of the Tenement Museum
The final NYSCA/GHHN #creativityincubator workshop took place on Thursday, November 21 (thank you to our most gracious hosts at Weeksville Heritage Center, and to our fantastic Museum Maverick Andrea Jones of Peak Experience Lab) - but this is not your last opportunity to be creative! Check out the video message below and stay tuned for more details coming soon!
THE CREATIVITY INCUBATOR IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY IN NOVEMBER 2019!
If you are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, or Queens - then we are looking for you!
What is the "Creativity Incubator?" it's a chance to put all your pre-conceptions aside, and use your imagination to experiment and explore different ways to engage with different audiences. The program is hosted by a museum which becomes a lab - we use that space and the museum's collections to brainstorm ways to be more interactive and relevant. Activities are led by a "Museum Maverick" - in the past we have worked with Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale, authors of Creativity in Museums , Franklin Vagnone of Twisted Preservation, Lia Tamborra from Museum Hack, Gonzalo Casals of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and for New York City we will be bringing back Andrea Jones of Peak Experience Lab. You can read more about her work here: www.peakexperiencelab.com. We have the "Maverick" now we need the venue.
That's where you come in! We are looking for a museum to host our seventh and final Creativity Incubator.
Past sites have included: Boscobel House & Gardens (Garrison), Raynham Hall Museum (Oyster Bay), Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute (Utica), Quick Arts Center (Olean), Finger Lakes Boating Museum (Hammondsport), and Adirondack History Museum (Elizabethtown).
WHAT WE NEED IN A HOST SITE:
PRIORITIES FOR SELECTING FINALISTS:
NYSCA and GHHN staff will review the following to select a host.
Provide the most creative response to the following: The top 5 reasons why we should pick your site.
Tie-breaker: Organizations which have not worked with an outside consultant related to interpretation in the past 3 years. (Please be honest - we can check).
WHAT YOU GET FROM BEING A HOST SITE:
Ready? Apply by clicking below! Application Deadline: September 9, 2019
We are officially SOLD OUT for our upcoming CI: Northern NY Session - which will be held at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown. Our #museummaverick for the session is Rainey Tisdale - you can see her in action in the TEDx Boston talk below:
For this Creativity Challenge, we want you to take work of art - either one from your site or one you can find online (and credit of course!) - and then reimagine/recreate it using unconventional materials. These can be office supplies, or food, or even children's toys.
For inspiration: check out these classic food paintings, these artistic masterpieces recreated as food, or these "Recreations of Famous Paintings of Myths Using Only My Children’s Toys".
Bonus points if you recreate the work of art using yourself, like these folks:
As always, don't forget to post your challenge photo on social media using the hashtag #creativityincubator and post in the CI Community on FB, or on Twitter or Instagram - that’s it! Remember to tag GHHN and NYSCA in the posts so we can see them! (GHHN - Greater Hudson Heritage Network, @theGHHN, NYSCA - New York State Council on the Arts, @NYSCArts)
Greetings from your Creativity Incubator (CI) coordinators!
We hope this message finds you well and ready to take on 2019 with renewed energy and a few of the new approaches we learned together through CI workshops.
CI logged thousands of votes and miles, offered interactive programs at five unique museums with unique issues, introduced five “museum mavericks”, launched this blog page and created a Facebook group for continued discussion. We rolled up our sleeves, faced the unknown together and worked hard to imagine different ways to work with our colleagues and communities in meaningful ways.
What’s next? We would like to hear from you. In particular, we would like to know how we can best support you in your continued search for creative ways to engage your communities. This survey is anonymous and will help us in crafting the future of the Creativity Incubator program - please be as honest as you can!
If you've got 3 minutes, we have 8 quick questions. - Click on the button below to begin the survey.
By Andrea Jones, Museum Maverick for Southern Tier Session
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