Title

Help or Hinder: The Power of Interactive Technology on Traditional Visual Arts Exhibitions and Programming

Date of Award

11-26-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Charlotte D'Armond Talbert

Keywords

interactive technology; visual art; exhibitions; visitor interpretation

Abstract

This document analyzes the current integration of visual art and interactive technology at selected Denver area arts institutions being utilized to remain relevant while engaging patrons. The information, opinions, and examples gathered from interviews and site visits were viewed under the lens of popular theories of museum interpretation and visual theory. Museums are incorporating technology into traditional visual exhibitions, supplemental educational programs, and special events, to stay significant in contemporary society, increase attendance, and pique curiosity of current and future patrons. Regardless of the challenges uncovered in funding and hesitancy by some users, it would be negligent to avoid interactive technology, as it is a competitive tool to promote and sustain the traditional visual arts.

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