When I teach classes or workshops, I like to develop interesting examples for participants to play with or aim for. Here is a remix of The Phantom of the Opera and Mardi Gras that I’ve used for a basic Photoshop class.
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2015, and I was asked to design the souvenir program book. I was responsible for developing the theme and laying out the entire publication as well as selecting images and working with vendor designers to get the ad dimensions for the program.
As part of the OSU Digital Storytelling Program, I help dozens of students, faculty, and staff produce 3-5 minute Ken Burns-esque films for workshops, courses, and personal use. Here is a playlist from one of those workshops:
These skills I’ve honed facilitating these workshops inspired me to produce other types of stories, such as this short documentary about a score digitization project completed by the OSU Music & Dance Library.
At the beginning of 2016, the main gallery at Thompson Library at the Ohio State University had an exhibit called Dancing in the Streets. This was a much different experience than the Billy Ireland exhibit as I was interviewing and trying to capture engaging dialogue from and between two curators.
From the original press release:
DANCING IN THE STREETS: CARNIVAL FROM BRITAIN, BRAZIL, AND BEYOND is an exhibition about the cultural expression of Carnival as developed by enslaved people who were transported from Africa. Carnival combines the Roman Catholic festival celebrated across Europe, the introduced by the colonizing Portuguese or French, with contemporary cultural mixing. In each case, this mixing significantly defines and tells the history of the country or specific city. This exhibit explores Carnival’s roots in slavery and emancipation, traditional characters that transmit the history of each festival, and the engagement of Carnival in socio-political issues. Visitors will see original Carnival costumes, photographs, artwork and videos of the dances as well as listen to samples of Carnival music.
In 2015, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum put on an exhibit called Seeing the Great War. I worked with the curator and exhibits coordinator to record and produce audio stops. This exhibit was live from July 25, 2015 – January 24, 2016.
From the original press release:
SEEING THE GREAT WAR: This exhibit explores the power of images generated during wartime, through the work of James Montgomery Flagg, Bud Fisher, Billy Ireland, Percy Crosby, Nell Brinkley, Frederick Burr Opper, Louis Raemaekers, and others. It will also feature Charles Schulz’ reinterpretation of the Great War’s legacy as shown through Snoopy as the Flying Ace. World War I represented a watershed in the history of warfare, both on the battlefield and in communication. The importance of the media to the American war effort was affirmed when President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 2594 to form the Committee on Public Information (CPI). The CPI enforced voluntary press censorship with compliance dependent “entirely upon honor and patriotism.” Its Bureau of Cartoons published a weekly bulletin of tips and ideas that was distributed to more than 750 cartoonists nationwide. Original costumes from WWI will be displayed, as well as original art, film lobby cards, sheet music, and posters. Curated by Professor Emerita Lucy Shelton Caswell.