Audience Engagement

Summer Road Trip Series - BreckCreate's WAVE Festival: Breckenridge, Co

Summer Road Trip Series - BreckCreate's WAVE Festival: Breckenridge, Co

As part of the Summer Road Trip Series, we take a quick stop in Breckenridge, CO at BreckCreate’s WAVE festival. We’ll get up close and personal with various installations and see how some of the audience’s reactions, from social-media-activated artwork to family-friendly displays & performances.

The Future of AI and Audience Engagement in the Arts

The Future of AI and Audience Engagement in the Arts

NY Live Arts hosted the Arts + AI Symposium, Saturday May 11, 2019. The Symposium was part of Live Arts, their annual humanities festival of arts and ideas. The 2019 Festival AI: Are You Brave Enough for The Brave New World? pondered a future with artificial intelligence, a technology that promises to revolutionize human existence. The festival headliner was a performance by discrete figures. Other activities included a hacking camp for teens and panel discussion on the Future of Work.

The Art + AI Symposium offered the sold-out crowd a speed dating style share-out from panel participants. As the manager in the group, I provided a perspective on AI focusing on how institutions will begin connecting the art to the audience using emerging technologies. The following article provides a summary of the frameworks and solutions I presented.

How The Arts Are Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

How The Arts Are Harnessing the Power of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence continues to make its way into the main stream and into multiple industry sectors.  The arts are no exception. Over the past few years we have begun to see a wave of organizations use artificial intelligence as a method to both enhance the audience experience and generate new creative expression.

Digital Engagement Strategies for the 21st Century Museum

Digital Engagement Strategies for the 21st Century Museum

Shifting audience interests towards interactive and shareable experiences has led many museums to explore the potential of digital engagement tools. Given the costs and changes typically required for successful digital integration, museum staff must first ask themselves why their institution should consider investing in emerging technologies and what they hope to achieve from such an investment.

Playing with Reality in the Performing Arts - AR, VR, and MR

Playing with Reality in the Performing Arts - AR, VR, and MR

Immersive Experiences (AR, VR, and mixed reality) are emerging in the performing arts world. Let’s take a close look to gain a better understanding of the reasons why performing arts organizations implement these kinds of technology and discover whether it was worth the investment at this time in the technology’s development.

Consumers Spent Big This Holiday Season - What and How Did They Buy, and What May Capture Their Attention Next?

Consumers Spent Big This Holiday Season - What and How Did They Buy, and What May Capture Their Attention Next?

There are a lot of options for how people may choose to allocate their time, attention, and financial resources. To an extent there is competition in the cultural sector between museums, theaters, and other similar organizations, but external options, such as other forms of entertainment or educational technology, present a plethora of choices for the consumer. With that in mind, as we start the year let’s take a brief scan of what was hot in the tech world through the 2018 holiday season, and what appears to be on the horizon.

4 Ways to Increase Accessibility for Low-Vision and Blind Patrons in Art Museums

4 Ways to Increase Accessibility for Low-Vision and Blind Patrons in Art Museums

Technical innovations are increasing opportunities for patrons who have low or no vision to engage with the arts. There are four dominant approaches for serving these members of the community: seeing through touch tours, beacon technology, audio description, and applications on personal devices.

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Artificial Intelligence In Museums: Chatbots, Social Analytics, and More!

Artificial Intelligence In Museums: Chatbots, Social Analytics, and More!

Artificial Intelligence is opening up a new world of possibilities for arts organizations in terms of programmatic offerings, guest services, and management. A recent convening of the American Alliance of Museums, hosted by the Perez Art Museum Miami, and sponsored by The Knight Foundation and Alley Interactive, brought together museum professionals, technologists, and futurists to discuss how AI is, and can be used in museums.

Requiem For a Stream: Who's Listening to Classical Music

Requiem For a Stream: Who's Listening to Classical Music

This is the first of a series on orchestras streaming their performances. This installment centers around the audience. Orchestras have done a lot of research on who their audience is, and there is a lot of data on who streams music. This article talks through both sets of observations and find the overlap between the two.