July 01, 2016
We think museums are at their best when they are places to explore ideas, enhance dreams, and inspire creative solutions. They are people-centered and people-empowered — staff, volunteers, members and visitors.
We welcome the personal passions and interests of our staff, volunteers and board that intersect with the museum’s mission and vision. Our docents, many of whom are former teachers, love conveying the real North to our visitors. Our staff comes from fields as varied as archaeology and creative writing. We look forward to introducing you to them through a new social media series.
We want you to know us from the inside out, and that means turning the traditional museum visit on its ear. Programs like 61° Workshop give families access to many people and perspectives, from museum curators and archivists to artists, scientists, engineers, architects, and others from the community. Creative spaces like Spark!Lab and Art Lab offer space and time to invent and make.
These makerspace areas offer people of all ages a chance to slow down, let their minds wander, tune out the noise of the rest of the world for a while and share an experience with others. Investigating and creating can be relaxing. The spaces facilitate both low-tech and high-tech creation. To offer more chances to delve into creative thinking and making, we will be developing new public programs and workshops to occur in these spaces.
Meet Erin Marbarger
She is the curator of science and innovation. Erin works with teens, volunteers and with everyone from children to adults in Spark!Lab. Erin studied environmental science. She loves to see the creativity and curiosity that museum visitors bring to Spark!Lab and believes that everyone is inventive.