MESA COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT MODEL
Oregon MESA reached out to Mason Bee Interpretive Planning to help them create a community involvement plan. Kyrie led them through a collaborative process to identify what success would look like. Then, she worked with the team to create inclusive, manageable processes to achieve their vision. The final model will help Oregon MESA engage diverse stakeholders—from students to industry leaders—as it grows.
LENSES ON THE SKY
Conceptual Lead (Interpretive Planner)
The NASA-funded Lenses on the Sky project focused on how people around the world and throughout time observe and understand the sky. The project included an exhibition, curriculum guide, and a series of community star parties. A diverse team of OMSI staff, community partners, and national advisors collaborated to incorporate multiple voices, stories, traditions, art forms, and ways of knowing into the deliverables.
The goal of the NSF-funded Sustainability project was to promote sustainable decision making. The OMSI project team worked with community partners to create an exhibition, outreach campaign, website, and lesson plans for the public. The team also worked with national advisors to create tools and workshops for museums to integrate sustainable decision making into the exhibit development process.
Grant Concept Developer
The OMSI IMLS-funded Museum Café grant supported a co-developed exhibition and event on the First Foods of our region, their importance for contemporary Northwest Indigenous communities, and the ongoing relationships between plants and people. The First Foods project grew out of partnerships with Native leaders that developed through Lenses on the Sky.
The IMLS-funded Play Lab project created a series of three pop-up, experimental play experiences in OMSI's Turbine Hall. These "adventures" used rapid design iterations to explore new ways to support young children’s need to learn through open-ended play while sharing research with caregivers about their child’s development.
SCIENCE ON THE MOVE
Lead Writer for Case Study
The NSF-funded Science on the Move project experimented with strategies for engaging adults in public, non-science center settings using interactive STEM exhibits. The OMSI team partnered with the local transit authority and businesses to install temporary exhibits at bus/train stops. We used design-based research to create a "theory of action" for engaging audiences in these settings.
ROOTS OF WISDOM
Lead Writer for the Staff Guide
The NSF-funded Roots of Wisdom (aka Generations of Knowledge) project was a cross-cultural collaboration between OMSI, the Indigenous Education Institute, the National Museum of the American Indian, and four Native communities—the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Pacific American Foundation and Waikalua Loko Fishpond Preservation Society, and the Tulalip Tribes. The grant funded a traveling exhibition and activity kit for museum educators.
INTEL COOL IDEAS
The Cool Ideas project highlighted contemporary examples of how technology can improve our lives. The goal was to create interactive table-top exhibits that could be easily moved and adapted. The project team at OMSI collaborated with the curator of the Intel museum to create the exhibits.