public programming meeting – january 29, 2010

Results from discussion at Public Programming Meeting, January 29, 2010

Three main events/projects to plan:

1.    opening reception at Johnson and Wales

2.    cell phone tour of relating sites around Providence

3.    possible third event, to take place at location beyond johnson &  wales

Details/issues discussed:

1. opening reception
contingent partially on how exhibit comes together
hope to serve food related to exhibit subject

2. cell phone tour
self-guided tour focusing on related sites around providence
hope to integrate an oral history component into the tour
bring in food truck interviews/site visits in effort to broaden scope of exhibit–will be especially interesting as a way to discuss the people serving the food, too

3. film festival


provides an alternative way to invite community participation beyond the exhibit walls
could allow for the expansion of ideas addressed in exhibit
possibility to use newly restored Xavier auditorium, at downtown J&W campus

difficulty in procuring films closely related to subject matter, that  will also draw an interested audience
films need to be appropriate for community screenings

cost of screening rights – adds up quickly for multiple films significant time and energy could be spent working on a project that has less impact than hoped for

hoping that we will be able to reach a wider audience, and explore potentially more interesting topics by devoting more attention to planning the cell-phone tour  – given time/participation restraints, might be more useful to focus on dynamic cell phone tour rather than planning film screenings where participation might be limited


administrative: getting started.


i thought about writing an email to all of you, but i think a little blog post might do the trick, and get us all used to the system!

earlier tonight i invited you all to be contributors to the blog. only trouble is, contributors can write posts, but can’t publish them without an approval from the administrator. no good. i’m going to add you all as authors instead.

sorry for the mix-up, wordpress is a new interface for me and i’m still getting used to its lingo.

now, on to the good stuff:

once you are all authors, you will all be able to post to the blog, whenever you like. huzzah!

in order to keep posts neat and organized, make sure that you attach an appropriate category to each of your posts. these categories, listed on the right hand side of the blog, will allow us to scroll quickly to posts that are most pertinent. the more categories there are, the better this will work. just make sure that the categories don’t overlap too much. for instance, don’t make two separate categories for cars and automobiles. choosing one or the other will be much more useful.

if you have any questions, shoot me an email. i’d be glad to troubleshoot with you.

wishing you all a lovely and productive break. may it include lots of good research and many more good cookies.



p.s. new to blogging? don’t be afraid! the more posts the merrier, and the more posts with graphics and videos and soundbites…well, the merrier for that too.  looking forward to staying in touch over our winter break!

Addendum to December 7th Meeting

1) You’ll find a map of the space attached with the FOTM space blocked off. You’ll notice that there are four sections in addition to the tavern. I think it’s fair to say that each of these sections represents one of our big four questions. This means that each group (apart from Janet’s) gets roughly 17 running feet and a projection of roughly six feet off the wall. This space is not a solid block for each group, since the materials from each group will be distributed among the sections, but just a guideline so that, as you gather your materials you’ll have an idea of how much stuff you need.

2) As for the amount of words you’ll need, we can imagine each of these four sections having a main panel. If each panel is 500 words (the absolute max, I would imagine, we’ll have to clear this with Richard), then each group is allowed roughly 100 words on each question. There are object labels, each of which can probably carry a max of 50-70 words. And then we can think about having smaller panels. These might tell our “wild card” stories or subtopics. In any case, these would probably not be longer than 250 words each. Wild card stories could also go on a gang label or an object label if they were short, which they’ll need to be anyway.

3) If you need a research assistant and you don’t have one yet, talk to Bess or contact Adrian to see who else from the programming group you might work with.

Exhibit: Curatorial Roles

Minutes: December 1, Johnson and Wales

Documents: Proposal

Documents: List of Participants