Makerspaces for Children
Makerspaces for children are popping up everywhere, including in art, science, and children’s museums. Ever wonder how museums design makerspace exhibits? And what do children and families learn in makerspaces? How is this learning documented?
BAEMP visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum's new Early Childhood Fab Lab exhibit to explore the maker movement in museums. We learned about material selection, technology integration, and facilitation techniques in children’s makerspaces.
BAEMP board member Babe Liberman led a tour of the museum grounds, and Sarah Hauser, BADM’s Public Programs Specialist, facilitated discussion on the power and possibilities of museum makerspaces for children.
We also had the exciting opportunity to visit the program-only Fab Lab exhibit with Tristan Schoening, an expert on the digital fabrication. We went behind the scenes to see high-tech digital fabrication tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and a vinyl cutter—all used by children! We discussed how children and their families use the space, saw examples of projects designed and created by kids, and heard from Tristan about what he's learned over the first 6 months the Fab Lab.
Read Babe's Harvard Family Research Project article, "Make Your Own Makerspace": http://bit.ly/2fZmxuS
Making the Ask: An Insider's Look at Museum Development
BAEMP hosted a panel discussion all about museum/non-profit development. For development specialists and professionals from other departments, this event addressed the process behind building strong funding relationships and campaigns.
Panelists discussed how development departments impact the broader institution, who makes up these departments and how they make the “ask."
Event took place at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture.
Collaboration in Community & Exhibitions
We went behind the scenes to talk with staff at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History about their community work, including a collaboration to present the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, an internationally touring exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. We also toured this exhibition with two guides:
Temesgen Fekadu, Gallery Host intern at MAH
Member of UCSC’s Black Men’s Alliance
Simba Kenyatta, President of the Santa Cruz NAACP
Chairman of Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR)
Staff talks by:
Marla Novo, Curator of Collections at MAH
Sandino Gomez, Community Programs Manager
Nina Simon, Executive Director
Women Leaders of the Bay Area
In this professional event of the season, we heard from six women Executive Directors of Bay Area museums about their career paths, the challenges of leadership, and museum frontiers. An extended networking opportunity followed the discussion.
Anthea Hartig, California Historical Society
Lori Fogarty, Oakland Museum of California
Lori Starr, Contemporary Jewish Museum
Linda Harrison, Museum of African Diaspora
Carol Tang, Children's Creativity Museum
Muriel Maffre, Museum of Performance and Design
Jennifer Marsh, BAEMP Board Member & Events Committee Chair
Event recap essay by Stephanie Amon, BAEMP Board Member
ADA & Access: Meeting Diverse Needs at Institutions of Every Size
A panel of key leaders in the ADA & Accessibility field discussed how institutions can become more accessible.
Museums are striving to reach new and diverse audiences. One current and critical topic is providing access, not only through compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but going beyond the physical building to the overall visitor experience.
Our program started with a welcome from the BAEMP board and a short presentation about the 25th anniversary of ADA by Bill Buckner. A panel discussion explored how museums are reaching new and diverse audiences. The program concluded with an activity that provides participants the opportunity to connect across institutions.
Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Access Programs
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Bill Bruckner, ADA and Access Consultant
Bruckner Consultants LLC
Cecile Puretz, Access and Community Engagement Manager
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Leah Van der Mei, Director of Guest Operations
The California Academy of Sciences
Patricia Pforte, BAEMP Advisory Board
Allyson Ferrari, recent graduate of San Francisco State University's Museum Studies Program