"Sarah, thanks very much for your feedback on the values and visioning work, as well as for your enthusistic participation. Its great to see so much passion; the challenge for the future, and I would welcome thoughts on this, is how we sustain this…"
"Hi Mike, I'm really enjoying our visioning workshops. Leaves me feeling excited and inspired...filled with possibilities. Be sure to get out and about in the lovely Wellington weather this weekend. It's not always like this!
Best, Sarah M"
"Kia ora Amelia,
Over the past few years I have been working with young people from refugee backgrounds to target, develop and maintain relationship with these communities in New Zealand. This project entitled the Mixing Room culminated in an…"
This short film was made by young refugees in a performance workshop to develop content for the Mixing Room exhibition at Te Papa. Folks here were so impressed by the work the young people had produced, it was used as the TV advertisement for the…
I have been working as an Exhibition Interpreter at the National Museum of New Zealand for nearly 16 years now. My particular interest lies in how participartory models/elements support overall exhibition/project goals and the tension between user generated content and high production values. I have worked with numerous iwi (tribes) and immigrant groups such as Pacific islanders and Italians developing collaborative approaches to exhibition design and interpretation. Basically, providing a platform whereby people can tell their stories, their way. Most recently I worked with over 70 young refugees from 28 different ethnic communities to develop 'The Mixing Room, stories from young refugee in NZ' exhibition at Te Papa. This involved running a series of 12 workshops throughout the country to develop the content for the show. Through performance, photography, poetry, film making, art, screen printing etc the young people produced over 90 pieces of media that are displayed on 3 large digital tables and rolled out on our blog. This required Te Papa giving some authority over to our clients and visitors and demanded that we measure success using a different model i.e.That the process of active, ongoing engagement with our communities is as important as the product.
Sarah, thanks very much for your feedback on the values and visioning work, as well as for your enthusistic participation. Its great to see so much passion; the challenge for the future, and I would welcome thoughts on this, is how we sustain this engagement when the process becomes more detailed, more "adminstrative" around plans and programmes. Not entirely sure what the answers are here, but at least identifying a potential issue takes us part of the way towards a solution. Off for a bike ride around the bays. Mike
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