We work with many museums nationwide on public programming, offering regular improv-based programming for kids and adults alike! We also coordinate fun WORLDWIDE improv events like Museum Mashup! Read on to find out more about our collaborations. Looking to hold a private workshop at your museum? Visit the Institutions page for more info!
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. -Woody Allen
The Next Worldwide Mashup is October 11th, 2017. Join Museums across the nation and the world to experiment with museum experiences! To participate or for more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just fill out our Google Form here!
Take a look at our #MuseumMashup Storify to find out how the September 28th event went down!
What’s a #MuseumMashup? Simply put #MuseumMashup is a day of shared experimentation. Sites do experimental tours, invite staff, educators and public to prototype and create new experiences with objects, even post images on social media of objects in the collection for folks at home to brainstorm experiences. The key? Try something new and forget the fear of failure. The #MuseumMashup is all about experimenting with experiences in and with institutions, and sharing it in a celebratory manner. In true improv and EE tradition, we’re attempting to fail grandly by encouraging people to try things they are afraid to do on the regular.
First Nationwide Mashup Because we are all about the go-big or go-home philosophy, we set out to organize the first Nationwide Museum Mashup on February 4th, 2016. The hashtag generated nearly 800 tweets, with 300 original tweets and 400 retweets. Messages sent on twitter about the event appeared in timelines 800,000 times for as many as 3 million views. The hashtag reached #1 among trending hashtags in the United States in the evening. Visit our Storify summary of the day to see a recap of how it unfolded according to the tweets participants shared:
First Worldwide Mashup! Again-go big or go home, we opened it up to museums and organizations across the globe! We had a lot of our regular friends (Hi Getty and NCMA!) and new adventures with boats, maritime museums, historic houses and more! The day was such a success and adventure, as well as a growing experience for #MuseumMashup. Check out our storify here! From our September 2016 Mashup: more information here!
Still confused? Feel free to call or email us. A lot of times the scary and confusing part is the amount of freedom that comes with the #MuseumMashup. It’s frightening to work without a box – let’s all do it together with the #MuseumMashup! If you want more information on what a Mashup is, visit http://
Our Mashup Sites Around The World!
History of #MuseumMashup: The Museum Mashup started at NAEA in 2015 as an attempt to shake up traditional conference lecture sessions. Museum educators Mike Murawski, Rachel Ropeik, Debbie Randolph and our founder, Jen Brown (Oleniczak), collaborated with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and brave participants for the first Mashup. Experimenters arrived, and were randomly assigned into groups of three and headed to their randomly assigned object in the museum. They had 45 minutes to develop a 5-7 minute experience around their work that would be presented and activated with the full group. The participants were asked to take a risk, create something new and not to teach – our focus was on experience and the possibility of failure.
After the booming success of the first Mashup (more than 100 people attended!) museums around the nation started to hold their own Mashups. From staff development to events, the #MuseumMashup has succeeded in bringing together educators, teachers, curators, public, visitor services and curious museum lovers.
While The Engaging Educator does not own #MuseumMashup, we are enthusiastic stewards of the event.
2017 Summer Camp Info:
Join SECCA and The Engaging Educator this summer for two fun-filled weeks of art-making and improv!
Led by SECCA educators and The Engaging Educator, students will spend each day creating their own art using professional supplies, and spend time learning the principles of improv as we investigate SECCA’s Art-o-mat exhibition. We’ll explore sculpture, miniatures, painting, and even create our very own Zine issue, all while experimenting with characters, setting, story, and motivation in improv!
On the last day of camp, parents and family will be invited to a student-curated exhibition and improv performance. Last year’s inaugural camp was a huge success, and we can’t wait to explore and learn together in 2017!
For students entering 5th – 8th grade for the 2017 – 2018 School year
Cost: $400 / includes all materials and snacks
Dates: July 10 – 21, 2017 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday
Limit 14 campers
Register with email@example.com or call 336-397-2109 for more details
“Annie had a wonderful time! This is the first camp she has ever been excited about every single day, even when it meant leaving home at 7:30 every morning (we’re in Greensboro). She has an overnight camp coming up next week, and I think the SECCA camp helped her feel more comfortable with the idea of being away so long.” – 2016 Camp Parent
2017 After School Program:
Join SECCA and The Engaging Educator in exploring the galleries through our new art-making and improv after school program.
After a successful summer program, we’re meeting after school this spring from 3:30-5:30pm, focusing on a new medium and improv principle each week. Students will interpret one artwork in the gallery, create their own art using professional supplies, and spend time learning improv as we investigate SECCA’s Art-o-mat exhibition. We’ll explore sculpture, miniatures, painting and even create our very own Zine issue, all while experimenting with characters, setting, story, and motivation in improv!
The program is designed to be drop-in, with different focuses each week – join us for one or all four sessions! Open to students in grades 4-8. RSVPs and prepayment are encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.
Cost: $30/class includes all materials and a snack
Dates: Thursdays, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
April 20, 27, May 4, 11
Register with firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-397-2109 for more details
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum connecting local communities with contemporary art while giving artists of the region a platform for visibility. SECCA has over 10,000 square feet of gallery space for our changing exhibitions and a 300-seat auditorium that features artists in theater, music and dance. Through educational, artistic, performance and social programs we invite visitors to explore and reflect on the art and culture of our time.
Art-o-mat began in 1997 as a conceptual artwork by Winston-Salem artist Clark Whittington, repurposing cigarette vending machines to become dispensers for artist multiples, beginning with his own. Art-o-mat has since burgeoned into an international network of contributing artists, with collaborating host institutions that invite the public to experience art and collecting in a widely accessible and innovative way.
About SECCA’s Art-o-mat Exhibition:
Twenty years after its founding, SECCA is proud to present a full retrospective of Art-o-mat. This exhibition will include an armada of Art-o-mat machines and will expose their machinery, inviting all to see how an Art-o-mat is put together and customized. It will present numerous miniature art works that are dispensed from the machines and larger-scale commissioned works by the artists who produce editions for Art-o-mat, allowing them to flex their muscles and make new work.