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This Cool App Roundup from the App It Up
project will focus on apps for arts organizations, with a practical
We'll share some interesting apps developed for arts
organizations, but also some insights into the development process and lessons that these organizations learned.
it be cool if there was a way to help people find, learn about, and
engage with public art? What if you could walk by an amazing sculpture
or mural and instantly learn more about it using your mobile device? Public Art Omaha created a searchable online database and mobile apps (for Apple and Android) that do just that. The
really cool thing is how Public Art Omaha did it: their public art
database and mobile apps were created by Information Science and
Technology students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
This was a great way for the students to contribute to their community
and to get practical, hands-on app development experience.And check out Code For America's roundup of mobile art discovery tools for even more ways to use mobile devices to discover and engage with public art.
James Im, New Media Manager at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA),
was kind enough to share his organization's experiences with us here at
YBCA has developed apps with both educational and social
components: they created a mobile exhibition guide to complement an
interactive multimedia exhibition, exploring connections between the
artist's influences and the exhibit, in the artist's own words. They
also created a mobile app in conjunction with a Valentine-themed evening
event to create a real-time "dating game" (with an artsy slant, of
course).Here's what YBCA learned:
Many organizations, like the MoMA,
choose to build a "native" app, developed for a specific
device or operating system (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile,
etc.). But this isn’t the only option. Unlike
a native app, a mobile web app is "device agnostic," meaning it can be
used on almost any device with a mobile web browser.
The Dallas Museum
of Art offers web app-based smARTphone Tours
that are compatible with most mobile devices. They also have some
mobile devices that can be checked out free of charge for use in the
museum, expanding access to the mobile tours even further. The DuSable
Museum of African American History's mobile web app likewise runs on most mobile devices with a web browser.Native apps and web apps each have advantages and disadvantages. To learn more, take a look at EDUCAUSE’s 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile App Development.And to see how other museums are innovating with mobile, including multimedia smartphone guides, check out what The New York Times has to say here.
you an arts organization? Do you use apps, or have you created one for
your organization? What would you like to see in an app? Or, if you are an
arts lover, what would you like your favorite arts organization to offer in
thanks to the arts organizations who shared time,
thoughts, and recommended resources with us, as well as to TechSoup's
Michael DeLong for capturing and
sharing their insights.
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by Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Director, Content, TechSoup
Thank you for the pingback to ArtsFwd.org. Ken Foster and the brilliant team at YBCA are a great reference as they experiment with new technologies as they come and learn very quickly to shift away if something is not working with their audiences. They know to plan ahead for the pace of technology, while not adopting every new thing just to say they have an app for that.
ArtsFwd, thanks for such a great series of interviews! It was inspiring to read about how so many different organizations are innovating with technology, and so helpful to hear the back story on how/why they did what they did, and what they learned.
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