"We are thrilled to have the Some Were Neighbors website recognized with the highest honor for technology education and outreach in the museum field," said Museum Historian Edna S. Friedberg. "This award is a validation of the site's combination of ethically challenging material, evocative design, and innovative pedagogy that bridges the online and gallery experiences."
The online experience is the digital companion to the Some Were Neighbors special exhibition that opened in
The Muse awards are presented annually by AAM's Media & Technology Professional Network to institutions or independent producers that use digital media to enhance the experience of galleries, libraries, archives, or museums and to engage their audiences. Winning projects include websites, podcasts, multimedia installations, games, interactive kiosks, apps, and more. An international group of technology professionals related to the field serve as judges.
"The creation of the Some Were Neighbors website was an intensive effort involving staff from across the Museum," Friedberg said. "Our team strove to make the complex and often uncomfortable topic of collaboration and complicity accessible by organizing the website around everyday roles such as religious leaders, co-workers, and teachers. More specifically, we experimented with new techniques in photo analysis and online visitor engagement."
Judges' comments include: "This extremely well-designed experience has many levels of narrative and uses images, video, and text to great effect. It is a great example to emulate. It seems extremely effective in causing visitors to bring their own thoughts into the exhibit."
Previous wins for the Museum include a 2004 Silver Muse in History and Culture for the website
"I think I can speak for the Museum team in saying that Some Were Neighbors took over our lives and turned to be a labor of love," said
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