Submitted by Whatcom Museum
While the Whatcom Museum’s campus—the Lightcatcher building, Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), Old City Hall, and Photo Archives—is empty, the Museum has been actively engaged with the community through a variety of digital programs, activities and social media platforms. From the new digital Story Dome storytelling project to downloadable FIG at Home kids’ activities and virtual programs the Museum is dedicated to providing people of all ages with art, history and nature experiences, just as it has for more than 77 years!
Digital Story Dome Project
Story Dome is a physical structure—a colorful, geodesic recording booth—that will debut in the lobby of the Lightcatcher building when the Museum re-opens. While the long-term goal is to engage audiences in person, in this time of social distancing the Museum wants to stay connected and document peoples’ experiences during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy quarantine.
Story Dome invites people to record a short story, recite a poem, sing a song or share spoken words that respond to three different prompts about a favorite place people miss visiting, the “internal landscape” of their quarantine experience or their feelings about being stuck in place. The Story Dome prompts are easy to follow and only take 3 minutes: https://www.whatcommuseum.org/story-dome-project/.
The Whatcom Museum is also offering virtual programs designed to educate and engage audiences of all ages. Programs will be delivered via Zoom and require advanced registration via Eventbrite. Current programs include:
Virtual Audubon Society Program: Fire in Washington’s Forests: A Tale of Two Sides of the Mountains, with Brian Harvey of the University of Washington on Tuesday, May 26, 7–9 p.m. This program is free, but registration is required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-cascades-audubon-society-fire-in-was-forests-registration-103550321800
Virtual Low Sensory Sunday on Sunday, May 31, 10–10:30 a.m. Low Sensory Sundays are designed for children ages 12 and younger with autism spectrum and other sensory-processing disorders. This virtual program is free and includes a low-sensory digital kit and a virtual live book reading. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whatcom-museum-virtual-low-sensory-sunday-registration-105439632780
Virtual Museum in Mind on Tuesday, June 2, 1–2 p.m. This two-part virtual program is designed for those with early-stage memory loss or dementia and their care partners. The program consists of a conversation-based virtual gallery tour of Conversations Between Collections followed by a landscape collage art-making activity with guidance from our museum educator. This program is free, but future programs will include a registration fee. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whatcom-museum-virtual-museum-in-mind-registration-105443837356
FIG at Home Projects
The Museum is offering a selection of downloadable at-home activities, from science experiments to craft projects, developed by our Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) staff. Activities include materials lists and easy-to-follow instructions. A few activities feature video tutorials. Additionally, the FIG at Home page on the Museum’s website, https://www.whatcommuseum.org/explore/family-interactive-gallery/fig-at-home/ includes links to other online learning resources.
Virtual Gallery Tours and Activities
The Museum’s YouTube channel is regularly updated with curator-led virtual gallery tours, collection highlights, and educational activities created by the Museum’s staff. More info at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYz8T6m25N7R55ZMeDilEOA
Museum Blog Articles
The Museum’s blog features in-depth articles on a variety of topics about the museum’s art collection, photo archives, exhibitions, and more: https://www.whatcommuseum.org/learn-2/blog/
Museum Store Offering Curbside Pickup
The Museum Store is now offering phone-in orders for curbside pickup or shipping. The Store sells a variety of educational and entertaining puzzles, games, art supplies, journals and more. Shoppers can view a gallery of products on the Store webpage, https://www.whatcommuseum.org/visit/museum-store/ and then call 360.778.8975 Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to place an order.
Currently, the Whatcom Museum campus is closed through May 31 or until further notice. For updates on Museum operations during COVID-19 visit https://www.whatcommuseum.org/whatcom-museum-covid-19-response/. The Museum is actively posting content on Facebook (@WhatcomMuseum), Twitter (@Whatcom_Museum) and Instagram (@whatcom_museum).
For more information or media images contact Christina Claassen, Marketing & PR Manager, Whatcom Museum, email@example.com.