Ideas for Participation

The set-up team for the HAL Exhibit met this afternoon to brainstorm some ideas for the participation portion of the exhibit when it comes to the Civil Rights Center. We agreed that our main goals were to humanize incarcerated people and create an activity or two that will promote dialogue about the content covered in the entire exhibit. Here are the ideas for activities we have come up with so far:

  1. Letter Writing Campaign
    • visitors can write a letter to state representatives/other
    • visitors can write quotes that stuck out to them and combine it with other visitors’ quotes/ideas
    • provide email addresses on a board/other so that people can send emails to local representatives/other
  2. Interactive Wall
    • ask factual/personal questions
    • visitors can respond by placing a velcro serial number the answer
    • example: Do you know someone who has been incarcerated? How many people are currently incarcerated in the U.S.?
  3. Reflection Table
    • on the table have personal questions (ie: Do you know someone who has been incarcerated?)
    • have the visitor place a serial number into a jar to answer the personal question

One more idea we discussed that was brought up by Chris was using the columns that are in the middle of the gallery as a way to display incarceration stats to the visitor. Chris showed us this graph from the Eastern State Penitentiary to use as an example. Please share your thoughts and any other ideas!DSC09603 copy

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2 thoughts on “Ideas for Participation

  1. I really like the idea of an interactive wall. It could almost become an audience curated panel within the exhibit. Maybe we can combine the reflection table and interactive wall? Visitors could sit and reflect at the table, create their responses, and attach them to the wall. I was also curious to know what everyone thought about having some laminated copies of letters that did not make it into the exhibit. Tying into the reading for this week, the additional letters could facilitate an engagement with additional primary sources that foster audience generated research (the Hands On History Room from Ch. 6 “Families and More: Intergenerational Learning” in The Museum Educators Manual).

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  2. I love the idea of an interactive wall – I think we all agree that in our local space we want to create an opportunity for dialogue. I also really like the idea of laminated copies of letters. Too many school aged children are unaware of what primary and secondary sources are. This would also highlight our own local content since not all of the panels are historically based.

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