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Be Here: Main Street
Authentic stories about local cultural and natural resources
Told by the people who know them best
Sh...
43
2
What are the goals of Be Here: Main Street?
1 Create a sustainable eco-system
for sharing local culture through
new c...
Connecting Communities
State Project Manager & State Storytelling Ambassador
Local Project Coordinator in Eufaula
Local Project Coordinator in De...
Month 1 & 2
Pre-Exhibit
• Local Project
Coordinator
Training
• Determine
Repository of
Content
• Identify
Community
stakeh...
What is cultural
storytelling?
audio videotext images
Elements of Storytelling
immersionlocation
Non
immersive
stories
Geolocation is…
the identification
of the real-world
geographic location
of a point of interest
or, more broadly,
of its s...
Immersive
stories
through
geolocation
YouTube SoundCloud
Other
free/open
platforms
Digital Platforms
Izi.TRAVEL Tumblr.
Smithsonian
Institution
Stories from
Mai...
Your tours could live here.
Imagine a whole new audience.
Your tours could live here.
Imagine more people listening to stories.
A blanket of stories…
Powered by:
Be Here:
Baltimore
Currently
over 400
locations
with stories
& growing!
Powered by:
story?...
Grouping Stories
The whole becomes
greater than the sum
of its parts.
Stories grouped around
a theme create a
gr...
A tour is…
a group of 10-15
stories that are
connected by a
common theme.
A typical stop on
a tour is between
1-3 minutes.
Share your passion...
Resources and Tools
Your own community State Project Manager
WebinarsStorytelling toolkit
Chances are someone in your own
...
43
2
What’s in it for YOU?
1Community-wide capacity building
in 21st century skills.
Develop powerful new
relationships wi...
Questions?
#bHereMainSt @MuseWeb
Nancy Proctor
Executive Director
Selwyn Ramp
Project Director
Nancy@MuseWeb.us
@NancyProctor
SlideSh...
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Be Here: Main Street Project

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Part of the MuseWeb Foundation’s larger "Be Here" initiative, "Be Here: Main Street" is partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and its Museum on Main Street program, which brings Smithsonian traveling exhibitions to small towns across the United States and its territories. The goals of "Be Here: Main Street" are not only to collect rich stories about America’s towns and waterways but also to connect people, businesses, communities, and cultural institutions through storytelling.

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Be Here: Main Street Project

  1. 1. Be Here: Main Street Authentic stories about local cultural and natural resources Told by the people who know them best Shared for free On open and location-based platforms To diversify and amplify community voices And connect communities, people, and common causes At home and around the world.
  2. 2. 43 2 What are the goals of Be Here: Main Street? 1 Create a sustainable eco-system for sharing local culture through new connected technologies. Capacity building for community members in using digital and mobile technologies and the power of storytelling. Make cultural content an engine that drives community transformation through new and renewed partnerships. Foster cultural exchange through sharing and learning what makes each community unique and important.
  3. 3. Connecting Communities
  4. 4. State Project Manager & State Storytelling Ambassador Local Project Coordinator in Eufaula Local Project Coordinator in Decatur Local Project Coordinator in Alexander City ` Local businesses, other museums, Schools, Local Council, the community down the road, etc. `Teachers, bartenders, waiters, inn keepers, the kid down the block, etc. Local Project Coordinator in Spanish Fort Local Project Coordinator in Jasper Local Project Coordinator in Selma
  5. 5. Month 1 & 2 Pre-Exhibit • Local Project Coordinator Training • Determine Repository of Content • Identify Community stakeholders • Schedule Local Events Month 3 & 4 During Exhibit • Record and Share Stories • Host Workshop(s) for Citizen Storytellers and staff • Nurture Community Partnerships Month 5 & 6 Post Exhibit • Analysis and review: What worked, What didn’t? • Determine Project Legacy: Depvelop 6 (or 12) month plan Local Involvement
  6. 6. What is cultural storytelling?
  7. 7. audio videotext images Elements of Storytelling immersionlocation
  8. 8. Non immersive stories
  9. 9. Geolocation is… the identification of the real-world geographic location of a point of interest or, more broadly, of its stories
  10. 10. Immersive stories through geolocation
  11. 11. YouTube SoundCloud Other free/open platforms Digital Platforms Izi.TRAVEL Tumblr. Smithsonian Institution Stories from Main St
  12. 12. Your tours could live here. Imagine a whole new audience.
  13. 13. Your tours could live here. Imagine more people listening to stories.
  14. 14. A blanket of stories… Powered by:
  15. 15. Be Here: Baltimore Currently over 400 locations with stories & growing! Powered by:
  16. 16. story?... Grouping Stories The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Stories grouped around a theme create a greater narrative, a cause… a movement.
  17. 17. A tour is… a group of 10-15 stories that are connected by a common theme. A typical stop on a tour is between 1-3 minutes.
  18. 18. Share your passion...
  19. 19. Resources and Tools Your own community State Project Manager WebinarsStorytelling toolkit Chances are someone in your own community knows the basics of storytelling, interviewing or digital skills and can help out! Over the next 18 months, MuseWeb and MoMS will offer free webinars on specific topics for the two pilot states. They will be made available at http://MuseWeb.us and the MoMS website. MoMS and MuseWeb have developed a handbook that covers storytelling basics – Free to download from the MoMS website and http://www.museweb.us/be-here- main-street/ After looking within your own community, the state project manager is a wealth of information and will have connections to alternative resources.
  20. 20. 43 2 What’s in it for YOU? 1Community-wide capacity building in 21st century skills. Develop powerful new relationships within communities though digital media. .Localize the MoMS Exhibition and put your states, communities and stories on the map (literally). Creating a lasting legacy beyond the MoMS traveling exhibition.
  21. 21. Questions?
  22. 22. #bHereMainSt @MuseWeb Nancy Proctor Executive Director Selwyn Ramp Project Director Nancy@MuseWeb.us @NancyProctor SlideShare.net/NancyProctor Heather Shelton Digital Curator Selwyn@MuseWeb.us @SelwynRamp Heather@MuseWeb.us @MuseumsAgo Contact Details www.MuseWeb.us/be-here-main-street www.MuseumsandtheWeb.com

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