Whether you’re planning a brand-new museum or re-inventing an established institution, a visioning process is an effective way to mobilize ideas, energy, and support. Focused sessions, facilitated by Alice Parman, bring together a diverse group of insiders, stakeholders, and community members.
First Alice researches your institution’s history, current situation, and critical issues. A daylong meeting energizes and unifies participants, through brainstorming, analysis, and dialogue about exhibit renewal and institutional identity. Alice captures the proceedings on large sheets of newsprint, and provides a detailed, well-organized meeting summary.
Alice’s next step is development of a forthright and imaginative visioning document. Tailored to your needs and resources, this substantive report includes
Your review and comments are the basis for a revised document. If you wish, your team can share the vision more widely in an optional town hall meeting, also facilitated by Alice. At your request, Alice can also conduct focus groups and other evaluation studies to add further information and substance to the vision document.
How do visitors experience your museum? What ideas and values do you want to convey? What is your institution’s unique identity in the community? Who are your actual and potential partners? Who are your current and potential audiences? Interpretive master planning looks at the total museum experience through visitors’ eyes.
Site visits, in-depth meetings with your planning committee, and extensive research, along with optional focus groups and town meetings, are ingredients that make the interpretive master plan an invaluable fundraising, planning, and communications tool for institutional and exhibit renewal.
A detailed analysis of your museum from the visitor’s point of view results in a comprehensive interpretive master plan:
Alice collaborates with designers to develop visual and informational elements:
Alice works with designers selected by you; or if you wish, she can recommend highly qualified professionals in your region.