Every story has a shape.
The first exhibit I planned opened in 1985. Since then, I've worked directly for museums and as a freelancer. Employers and clients have included history museums; national, state, and tribal parks departments; historic houses; a botanical garden—even a federal appeals court.
I realized early—as a junior in high school!—that this work involves my skills and interests. Over time I've refined my ability to:
see and articulate engaging stories that emerge from a collection of facts, artifacts, and images
steer unerringly toward a project's goals
work companionably or lead teams with content experts, educators, exhibit designers, media producers, and community members
channel storylines to target audiences, especially by applying visitor studies
conceive interactive means to involve people in stories
research, write, interview, find images, interpret design drawings, incorporate feedback, copy edit, test prototypes
make time to laugh!
Teaching museum studies has helped me see exhibits in their institutional context and keeps me current with trends in exhibitions, audience research, and curation.
I live in Boulder , Colorado, with a professor of education (from whom I learn a lot about informal learning environments). We love traveling; ask me about the museums I visited in Great Britain, Israel, Dubai, Mexico, and the Netherlands.