Chair

Melissa Mair, Senior Interpretation Planner, Carnegie Museum of Art

Melissa MairFor the past seven years, Melissa Mair has worked in museum interpretation and education, focusing specifically on visitor engagement. Her projects have included in-gallery digital interactives, videos, and a gold MUSE award-winning immersive audio walk. She currently works as the Senior Interpretation Planner at the Carnegie Museum of Art, where she is leading the interpretive and evaluative efforts on an upcoming reinstallation of the Decorative Arts and Design Galleries. Prior to coming to CMOA, Melissa was an Interpretive Planner at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and worked in the education and curatorial departments of the Norwich Castle Museum and Michael C. Carlos Museum. Melissa takes an active role in both the MCN and Interpretation communities. For the Association for Art Museum Interpretation, Melissa currently serves on the membership committee. She also served on MCN’s program committee for both the 2018 and 2019 conferences. This year, she was the co-chair for the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG, and she hopes to continue her leadership into 2020.

Co-Chair

Devon Armstrong, Exhibit Mentor, Boston Children’s Museum

Devon ArmstrongMy name is Devon Armstrong, and I am running as co-chair for the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG. I hold a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, Classical Archaeology, and Museum Studies from Beloit College, a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University, and am pursuing a Master’s in Classical Archaeology. I have worked in museums since 2010, beginning as an attendant at the Wright Museum of Art and volunteer at the Logan Museum of Anthropology, before moving to Boston and working at the MIT Museum and Tufts University Art Gallery. I also volunteered on the MCN 2019 Program Committee. MCN means a lot to me, both as a professional organization, and as a collective of my friends and colleagues. As such, I hope that you will consider me for SIG Co-Chair this next year.

Mission

Our mission is to create a community of practice and to build knowledge and skills around the planning and implementation of media and experiences that support visitor’s connections to collections and ideas. The group addresses role of digital interpretation and educational tools in the museum and the use of digital media for connecting with museum visitors across a wide array of platforms both in the museum and online.

To join the SIG

Please fill out the short Google Form and one of the Co-chairs will be in touch shortly.

Potential SIG Topics

This community seeks to support and foster conversation around the following topics:

  • Methods for the digital interpretation of the collection
  • Facilitating visitor engagement and learning with objects and ideas
  • Making collections digitally accessible to the public
  • Inclusive accessibility of interpretation in the museum
  • Cross-departmental collaboration
  • Best practices for digital interpretation
  • Organizational structures for interpretive media- who is responsible?
  • Evaluation for digital projects and interpretive media
  • Leading content creation vs. content development as service
  • Education and Interpretation crossover
  • Who makes digital content? Pathways to museum interpretation
  • Qualifications and skills of being in museum interpretation
  • Storytelling and empathy
Communication
  • Monthly Google hangouts
  • Other ways as determined by SIG chairs