Teaching Arts Through Tech: Part 1

Visitors interact with the microtile wall at the Cleveland Museum of Art Source: Cleveland Museum of Art

Visitors interact with the microtile wall at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Source: Cleveland Museum of Art

Teaching Arts Through Tech is a 3-part podcast series of interviews with individuals making contributions to the field of integrated arts and tech.  These interviews will also inform my semester-long research project, culminating in a White Paper about using technology to facilitate integrated arts learning.

My first interviewee was Jane Alexander, Chief Information Officer at The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Please click above to listen to the full interview, but here are a few takeaways: 

  • Visitors now expect smartphone-friendly tech in museums.
  • Technology development can take up to two years - a digital strategy is essential to a project’s success.
  • Many resources are available to assist digital strategy development; the Tate Museum was cited as an outstanding example.
  • Use technology as a tool to feature the art, rather than making it the focal point.  A great art collection is the best resource.
  • Jane’s biggest takeaway was to ensure experts represent each area. Collaboration is important but it’s essential to hear and trust these experts. 

Click here for more information on the Microtile technology at the Cleveland Museum of Art. To learn more about the ARTLENS phone app, read this review from fellow AMT Lab correspondent Filippo Stefania.

Jane offered her contact information to any listener who would like more links about Gallery One and other projects offering innovative experiences. 

 

Comment below if you have any thoughts or stories about the future of art education and tech!