Connected Cities: Baltimore

Few places are as rich in history, culture and innovation as the world’s cities, yet we tend to serve the city up as a series of isolated experiences with no connection or continuity as visitors and citizens move from airport or station, hotel or home, to museum, park, library, performance, shop and restaurant.

How can we use the power of storytelling and mobile technologies to knit together a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts? How can we create “network effects” that mean every urban experience is better because it is woven into the full diversity of voices that make up the fabric of the city? How might the very act of connecting its stories change the city itself?

izi.TRAVEL, the international mobile storytelling company, is leading a “Connected Cities” initiative to encourage the creation of high quality digital content that connects the stories and people that live in and visit US cities. They are offering $25,000 for collaborative teams in multiple US cities to create content that can be accessed through a range of platforms, including izi.TRAVEL’s mobile app. The Connected Cities initiative kicks off this month with the Baltimore Stories Prize.

Please join us at the Baltimore Museum of Art on March 22 for a free working lunch and charrette, followed by drinks at Gertrude’s, to help launch the Baltimore Stories Prize and participate in an afternoon of workshops and brainstorming about how we can make Baltimore a more connected city through its stories. At the end of the day, we aim to have formed our plans and a steering committee to manage and award the Baltimore Stories Prize by the end of summer 2016.

N.B. This event is free but in two parts; reserve one or both tickets

  1. 12-1pm: Mobile storytelling workshop with lunch: create a mobile tour in 30 minutes and learn about the open technology that has inspired the Connected Cities initiative.
  2. 1-6:30pm: Baltimore Stories Prize Charrette: help design and launch the first of the Connected Cities funds.

Agenda (Lunch and all sessions are free for registered attendees except drinks at Gertrude’s)

  • 12-1:00: Working lunch: Workshop on using open platforms for creating mobile tours of cities and cultural sites with izi.TRAVEL experts
  • 1:00-3:00: Presentations by leading Baltimore storytellers and creatives on how they connect stories in their work (Confirmed: Stoop StoriesLab BodiesRaphael Alvarez)
  • 3-5:00: The Connected Cities Charrette & Baltimore Stories Prize planning
  • 5:00: Adjourn to Gertrude’s for drinks and further conversation (cash bar)

WHEN Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

WHERE Baltimore Museum of Art – 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications.

Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English.

Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded TheGalleryChannel.com in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started MuseumMobile.info, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal’s editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.

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