Levine Museum Receives National Award
Levine Museum of the New South is the recipient of a 2016 MUSE Award from the American Alliance of Museums Media & Technology Professional Network for the project titled ¡NUEVOlution! - Using History and Media to Build Community.
Levine Museum was presented with the Bronze MUSE Award in the “Interpretive Interactive Installations” category during a reception on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the 2016 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Levine Museum VP of Exhibits Kate Baillon, along with project partners Brad Larson (Brad Larson Media), Pacino Mancillas (AC&M) and Rodrigo Dorfman (Melloweb Productions) accepted the award on behalf of the museum.
This award recognizes Levine Museum’s high achievement in the application of media and technology across Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum (GLAM) programs.
The MUSE Awards competition received nearly 200 applications from a wide variety of institutions in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. This year’s entries included videos and films, interactive kiosks and installations, open culture resources, applications and APIs, podcasts, digital communities, websites, audio tours, and more.
Over 90 GLAM professionals from across the world participated as jurors in the process of reviewing and selecting the winners. Winning entries were expected to demonstrate outstanding achievement in their content, interface, design, technical merit, innovation, utility, and appeal.
“It’s such a great honor to receive this award,” said Levine Museum VP of Exhibits Kate Baillon. “And it is a testament to the innovative and creative collaborations we developed. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with talented individuals, dedicated organizations, and communities in the South East to create this project.”
The ¡NUEVOlution! exhibit explores the seismic demographic change that the South has and continues to experience, something that many historians consider to be the biggest story in southern history since the Civil Rights Movement. Using the power of personal stories to allow visitors to connect history to their experiences in the Latino New South, ¡NUEVOlution! is one of the museum’s most interactive exhibits to date, using story-based media to expand upon the museum’s vision of “using history to build community.” ¡NUEVOlution! utilizes a new model for media: blending pre-existing productions with "live" moderated content comprised of visitors' stories and social media interactives.
Now in its 27th year, the MUSE awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in GLAM media and technology efforts. The competition is an activity of the Media & Technology Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums.
“It is an honor and privilege for AAM's Media & Technology Professional Network to host the MUSE awards, now in its 27th year. Once again, the quality of entries has been exceptional, representing the best digital media and technology GLAM projects from around the world.”
– Neal Johnson, Chair of AAM’s Media & Technology Professional Network