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Thursday, June 1 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Getting in on the Act: Transformative (and participatory!) Audience Development Practices

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Where public art, gamification and technology meet community: a case study in audience development and arts management practice
David S. Guion, Ph.D., Janet Cooper

In this presentation, participants will engage in reflective practice based on a case study of Dublin Arts Council’s (Dublin, Ohio, USA) Riverboxes program, an engaging cross-generational project modeled after geocaching and letterboxing that utilizes gamification, technology and site-specific public art to address community participation in unexpected ways. Conference participants will be able to apply the case study to inform pedagogy, identifying new pathways for audience engagement through art using an innovative practice model. The case study provides in-depth exploration of the development of this unique project from concept to execution, including participation and success measurement, new technology applications and programmatic expansion. Dublin Arts Council's Riverboxes program delivers more than 20,000 interactions annually. As the program approaches its 10th anniversary in 2017, it provides an excellent model for program development and administrative practice. The project provides novel public/private partnership opportunities through unique grant sourcing and unexpected collaborations with artists, government entities and other nonprofit organizations. Program developments include a novel stewards program that reduces artwork maintenance costs, and a unique guided water trail tour by kayak that provides an unexpected portal to the collection and earned revenue for the program. The Riverboxes program has garnered multiple awards, from excellence in public parks programming to innovative use of technology in advancing mission. The program was featured as a best practice workshop at the 2015 Cities in a Climate of Change: International Award for Public Art exhibition and conference in Auckland, New Zealand.

Lights On! Exploring new participatory methods in cultural heritage management
Pekka Vartiainen, Nina Luostarine

"Lights On!" is a workshop where the audience will receive information on participatory methods used in the field of cultural heritage and tourism. The starting point for the workshop will be a specific case study on an international project around the Baltic Sea Region, but the workshop will then turn its focus on testing and analyzing creative methods (mobile technology, gaming, live-action role play, augmented reality, and light-painting) that are a part of the crowdsourcing models. Through the use of participatory methods the workshop will gather information on participants’ personal and professional experiences and use them as a basis for a final discussion.

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Janet Cooper

Director of Engagement, Dublin Arts Council
Janet Cooper has worked as a marketing communications professional for more than 20 years, serving a number of businesses and organizations, including the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Arizona Indian Arts Alliance, Scottsdale Arts Festival and the McDowell Mountain Music Festival... Read More →
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David Guion

Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council
David S. Guion, Ph.D., has served as Executive Director of Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio, USA, since 2005. For more than 25 years, he has worked with arts organizations and educational institutions in New York City, the Bay Area of California and Columbus, Ohio. He is an Adjunct... Read More →
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Nina Luostarinen

Specialist / Innovator, Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland
Nina Luostarinen, Master of Culture and Arts, a specialist and an innovator in the department of cultural management at Humak University of Applied Sciences. She has background in performing arts and in new media content creating. She has been either producer or scenographer in more... Read More →
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Pekka Vartiainen

Principal lecturer, PhD, Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland
Pekka Vartiainen is a principal lecturer in the department of cultural management at Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland. His publications include books on literary history, methodology, literary production and cultural policy and management. Pedagogy, research in multidisciplinary... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK