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ERIC Number: ED482071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Bringing the Curatorial Process to the Web.
Adams, Carrie; Cole, Traci; DePaolo, Christina; Edwards, Susan
The Seattle Art Museum's (SAM's) My Art Gallery Web site was born out of an actual experiment in the galleries of the museum itself. The project was called "Growing Up With Art" and was funded by a four-year grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. SAM invited sixth-grade classes from local schools into the museum to curate two exhibitions using the museum's permanent collection. It was a project requiring collaboration from many corners of the institution--curators, educators, and registrars--as well as teachers and students in the public schools. Achieving an actual exhibition in the museum's galleries after only a ten-week lesson was an ambitious goal. Educators and a curatorial associate developed lessons for the students that would take them step by step through a "curatorial process." This process was designed to incorporate key elements of a curator's exhibition-development process and to tie into a sixth-grade curriculum as well as Washington State learning objectives. This paper explores the transformation of classroom curriculum into an engaging, Web-friendly, interactive experience, pointing out the Web-management and structural-design challenges that were faced to achieve this goal. Similar to the program that resulted in the physical exhibitions, the Web site project was ambitious; it required museum staff to work collaboratively and face new issues that were pushed to the forefront by this medium. Includes 11 illustrations. (Author/AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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