I know it’s been pretty much radio silence here since my last post about the MUSE Awards, but rest-assured, we have been busy! Over the last six months we’ve seen a lot of changes at the Brooklyn Museum. For starters, with new leadership often comes new organizational charts, new staff, and new titles. The ASK program has been moved from the Exhibitions department to Marketing & Communications, a department that—believe it or not—didn’t exist until spring 2016. My title and responsibilities will be shifting to reflect a focus on digital engagement, and I’m working closely with Jessica Murphy, our ASK team lead, and Christina White, our Head of Technology on ASK and other digital projects, which you’ll read about here as well.
Over the last six months, we’ve had a veritable parade of awesome people swinging by to check out ASK and we have really enjoyed meeting folks from all over the world and chatting about engagement. Our primary focus, however, continues to be getting ASK into more visitors’ hands and we’ve had a few irons in the fire:
We’ll share details about all of this and more in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Sara Devine joined the Brooklyn Museum as Manager of Interpretive Materials in 2011. Now Director of Digital Engagement, she leads the Museum’s ASK Brooklyn Museum project, a Bloomberg Connects digital engagement initiative. A vocal visitor advocate, her expertise lies in crafting accessible and engaging visitor experiences and reaching audiences across platforms. She works with curators, designers, educators, technologists, and visitor services staff on all aspects of digital engagement. Sara is also a visiting assistant professor and curriculum coordinator at Pratt Institute’s School of Information for their new graduate program in Museums and Digital Culture. She was previously Senior Content Developer and Project Manager at Hilferty, a museum planning and design firm in Ohio, where she developed comprehensive interpretive master plans and exhibitions for a wide variety of museums. She has also worked at Assistant Curator, Special Exhibition at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and as a Curatorial Assistant at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.