Melissa Mair, Senior Interpretation Planner, Carnegie Museum of Art
For 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.
Devon Armstrong, Visitor Experience Associate and Exhibit Mentor, Boston Children’s Museum
Kajva (Devon) Armstrong (they/them) is the current co-chair of the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG for MCN. They are a Visitor Experience Associate and Exhibit Mentor at the Boston Children’s Museum, and also serve on the Museum’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. They also do freelance art installation and handling at the SOWA Artist’s Guild in South Boston, and are particularly involved in other areas of MCN. Aside from co-chairing the SIG this year, 2020 marks their 5th MCN as a conference attendee and volunteer, and their 2nd year as a conference committee member. They are excited to continue working on making the SIG better and a hub of all things #museumed as we move beyond COVID into 2021!
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
- Monthly Google hangouts
- Other ways as determined by SIG chairs