Crafting a Moving Museum Experience


John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Museums of the 21st century are vital, stimulating, visitor oriented places of learning. Museum Movement Techniques engages visitors intellectually, physically and emotionally in the process of making meaning for museum objects. Attendees will develop understanding of supportive theories, experience techniques, learn movement management skills, realize educational linking and understand assessment methods. Most importantly, participants will leave workshop with the knowledge to initiate techniques to meet their educational and programming objectives. Gallery tour (at the RISD Museum) led by Ms. Kruger Weisberg allows individuals to experience the collections in an interdisciplinary context. Visual and movement thinking strategies enable individuals to create personal meaning for museum objects. The final layering of curatorial knowledge cements the encounter as a meaningful learning experience. 

About the Facilitator: Shelley Kruger Weisberg received her M.Ed. from Lesley University, where she synthesized her training as a movement therapist, dance and museum educator, to propose a novel approach to learning in museums, Museum Movement Techniques (AltaMira Press 2006)). Based on theories supportive of movement as a catalyst to learn, MMT integrates visual and movement thinking strategies to strengthen understanding of museum objects. Project Movement (2000) a preliminary qualitative study conducted by Ms. Weisberg suggests participants look more closely at museum objects when asked to respond to visual cues through movement. Findings also suggest that participant's creativity is enhanced with the addition of a movement interpretive experience. Moving Museum Experiences an eleven year retrospective of MMT recently published in Journal of Museum Education (2011) finds educators are using techniques to design a wide breadth of experiences in professional development, gallery engagement and programming. International and national presentations include International Council of Museums in Seoul (2004) and Rome (2006) Victoria Albert Theatre Museum in London (2004-05), American Association of Museums (2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008), Association Science and Technology (2006), American Association State and Local History (2008), National Arts Education Association (2003 & 2006), National Curriculum Network Conference (2003 & 2008) and the National Gallery of Art (2009).