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


Researching at Culinary Arts Museum

Erin Williams wanted me to let everyone know that afternoons are a bit noisier at the research library because of the work study students.   If you need quiet, mornings would be a better time to visit.

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!