CASE STUDY: Museums in Motion
May 2016 –October 2016
Museums in Motion was a series of community dance and technology participation projects that were devised and managed by Carrie Washington (BEEE Creative)with artistic direction by make:AMPLIFY. Taking place at Royston, Stevenage and Watford Museums, the project worked with three groups of young people aged 4–18 years old and their families. Each museum had a three-day creative process resulting in an audio-visual installation. The project arose from the belief in the positive impact arts engagement can have on participants.
“It is one of the nicest projects that we’ve done. I can’t think of a project in 5 years, we’ve participated in together as equals. All the other projects have been supporting him to participate in the workshop.”
It was anticipated that Participants would:
- Engage with creative activity that they may not have had access to before
- Be inspired and motivated to express creative responses to heritage
- Develop confidence to collaborate in the creative process
- Learn new skills using dance and technology, in both dance and social outcomes
- Be more likely to engage with heritage/creative spaces
- Have increased feelings of well-being
- The Feedback and responses from all participants has been extremely positive.
- Participants self-reported increases in confidence, in a range of areas and circumstances.
- Participants were able to identify and demonstrate new skills they had learned.
- Participants indicated they would be more likely to engage with museums/cultural venues again.
- Museum staff re-engaged with their collections in new and different ways.
- The project model is adaptable and worked with three very different participant groups.