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By Franklin Vagnone, Museum Maverick for the Hudson Valley Session
Not many people know this about me, but if the data suggests – and the situation allows, I am not afraid to change my mind. Going in another direction (either literally or figuratively) provides me with more possibilities. One of the reasons why I consider myself a “museum anarchist” is that I shy away from narrow mission statements or highly curated environments. Situations like these only constrain decision-making, solidify stasis and repress innovation and experimentation. After the daylong “Creativity Incubator,’ organized by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network with the New York State Council on the Arts, someone told me that my words of the day were “grit” and “foil”. It came as a surprise to me because I am usually so in the moment that I don’t have time to be so immediately self-reflective. These two words speak to the need for flexibility in museum process. This gathering was attended by museum, cultural organization staff and board members. Its purpose was to provide a safe and open space to experiment with collections items and play with ideas on how to innovate, re-combine, and expand visitor interactions with them.
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What is the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator?
In these days of changing demographics, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth of technology & social media, institutions need to keep their exhibitions fresh, their work relevant, and take bold steps to keep up with the times. To address this statewide need, NYSCA and GHHN have created the Creativity Incubator, a 2-year pilot partnership program. The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series invites staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches. As part of this hands-on experience, the host site will have their collections or permanent installations re-imagined by creative thinkers in the field and session participants. We visited the Hudson Valley, Long Island and the Mohawk Valley in 2017 and in 2018, we're headed to Western NY and the Southern Tier.
We wanted the experience of the Creativity Incubator to stay with you after the workshop ends - as a fundamental shift to choose to infuse creativity into your work and your life. To do this, we're launching a three part forum for sharing ideas and inspiration: a Facebook community for past workshop attendees, monthly creativity challenges, and this blog. We're calling this space 'The Hatchery' - and it will serve as a place to share the ideas, photos, and stories born out of the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator.
If you've got an idea for a post, or want to share a story - please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you!
A place to share ideas and stories born out of the NYSCA/GHHN