Cloth and Clay: Communicating Culture

Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Resource Type:
Evaluation Reports | Front-End
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Art, music, and theater | Education and learning science | Social science and psychology
Organization:
Barbara J. Soren, PhD, Textile Museum of Canada
Description or Abstract: 

The on-line exhibition, Cloth and Clay: Communicating Culture, was a collaborative project involving the Textile Museum of Canada and Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. The two museums with very distinct collections jointly developed the content for this Web site. The development team wanted to create opportunities to: re-unite material from common cultural origins; put objects into their context; find common themes; and, discover new relationships between the collections. They also wanted to reconnect indigenous peoples whose cultures and objects are represented with this material by having them act as advisors. This Web site was launched on the Virtual Museum of Canada (September 2002) and the Web site development also provided content and design for a physical exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada (on display from August 2002 to February 2003). Conducting audience evaluations throughout the Web development process was a very important aspect of this project.

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