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:
- 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
- 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.?
- 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!