Another Great ASTC conference is in the books.
This year, host Ontario Science Center had a different format for the Exhibits Walking Workshop. We assisted them in running creative design exercises with the session attendees. Their theme was "If I Had A Million Dollars..." because they do, to renovate a gallery.
My judgement is that this was a worthwhile experiment, but the opportunity to use existing exhibits as a learning laboratory at a different host museum each year is not an opportunity to squander. I'm passionate about this opportunity for the profession to share a learning experience in the real world. To talk about the constraints of existing architecture, budget, etc. that shape our work. To share our hopes for exhibits, and what we discovered visitors ACTUALLY did with them once built. To share ideas of how to improve and stand upon each other's shoulders instead of staying siloed in our own museums. And I'm passionate about having these conversations in the exhibit galleries of museums, where our reality is all around us.
I've initiated the conversation with the planning committee for the 2020 ASTC conference, and we'll see where it leads us.