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    Inspired by San Jose Pride, a celebration of the local LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) community, we wanted to presen… Read More
    Inspired by San Jose Pride, a celebration of the local LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) community, we wanted to present an art exhibition that welcomes all families to Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. We chose to present works selected from Courteney Coolidge’s American Families: Beyond the White Picket Fence, 100 photographs capturing the daily lives of ten diverse families reflecting our country’s cultural landscape. I worked with curator Lisa Ellsworth who selected seven photographs that together offer a window into the life of a Bay Area family with two moms and two kids, accompanied by interpretive text inviting visitors to reflect on what family means to them. Read the ExhibitFiles case study here: http://bit.ly/1CgLMOP Read Less
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The exhibition opens with a thoughtful explanation of why we chose to show these photographs that offer a window into the life of a local lesbian family.
At the center of the exhibition is a sharing table where visitors can reflect about their own families and respond to prompts that ask "What makes your family special?" "How has your family changed over time?" and "What does family mean to you?"
Each photograph is framed with a question to spark conversations between children and grownups.
Many of the responses we got from children came in the form of beautifully detailed family portraits complete with family pets.
Children take pride in sharing their artwork and it fills the exhibition with visitors' unique family stories.
This set of photographs got extra giggles due to its appropriate placement near the entrance to the bathroom.
We continued the questions throughout the rest of the upstairs hallway, extending the exhibit experience into the rest of the museum.
Here I am, installing vinyl lettering in the sharing station.