What is the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator?
If museum visitors are continually greeted by the 'same old - same old', why should they return? In these days of changing demographics, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth of technology & social media, institutions need to keep their exhibitions fresh, their work relevant, and take bold steps to keep up with the times.
To address this statewide need, NYSCA and GHHN have created the Creativity Incubator, a 2-year pilot partnership program. The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series invites staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches. As part of this hands-on experience, the host site will have their collections or permanent installations re-imagined by creative thinkers in the field and session participants. The end goal of the program is to open our eyes to the possibilities and encourage museums to think more imaginatively about the interpretation of their collections and the visitor experience.
We visited the Hudson Valley, Long Island and the Mohawk Valley in 2017. Nine sites participated in a social media contest to determine our 3 host sites - this competition led to an impressive 6,828 individual votes - mobilizing thousands of community members to vie for this program to land in their favorite museum. One workshop was held in each of the regions to a sold out crowd of museum professionals from around the state!
Hold to your hats!
In June 2018, we're headed to the Southern Tier- and we need a host site!
If your site is located in one of the following counties, we'd love to have you apply to be one of the sites to compete to host the workshop:
Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins
Sound interesting? Click the button below for more information on being a host site, and to begin your application!