Building Online Maker Communities During Crisis

Professional Forum

Friday, April 23, 2021: 11:00am - 12:00pm - - Professional Forum

Adrienne Lalli Hills, Oklahoma Contemporary, USA, Stephanie Keating Miller, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, USA, Maddie Armitage, The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

In this session, educators from the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Oklahoma Contemporary will share their insights and experiences gained from translating studio courses to live streaming platforms, social media and web. Studio teaching – whether ceramics classes or drawing workshops – presents unique opportunities for community building around art-making.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced many museums and informal learning organizations across the world to pivot their programmatic offerings to digital platforms. And while some programs–exhibitions, talks and lectures, and interpretive media–more readily adapted to the web and social media, studio-based, hands-on classes, workshops and camps presented unique challenges when moving online. The presenters will share case studies highlighting how they sought to continue these hands-on programs while still fostering a sense of community amongst participants.

At the conclusion of the professional forum, participants will have the opportunity to share and take away relevant ideas and best practices through smaller breakout sessions. Through a shared Google Doc, presenters and participants will continue the conversation, creating a database allowing interested museum professionals to continue collaborating and learning from one another.