The Friday Fives: A Sporty Interview with Becca Kaiser

May 27, 2016

Rebecca Kaiser

Rebecca Kaiser

For the second installment of our "Friday Fives" series, we're introducing graphic communication design student and avid sports enthusiast, Becca Kaiser:

My dream design project...
    My dream design job would be to work in the sports industry or for places that have projects relating to it. My all time favorite team is the Reds, so I hope that one day I will be able to do a project for them.

If we had recess during the work day, I would...
    Take a nap.

My ideal work uniform would entail…
    Active wear, especially leggings.

What sports do you enjoy watching/playing?
    I love all sports, but I really enjoy basketball and baseball!

Best thing about the industry...
    Everyone has a different design and thought process, and it is amazing to see how ideas transform overtime. I also love the collaboration that is done between everyone to get the best final result. Every person brings something different to the table.

If my house had to be made of something edible I would definitely choose...
 ...tacos. It would give me an excuse to eat them more than I already do.

To see samples of Becca's work, check out her online portfolio at www.rebeccakaiserdesign.com.

 
 

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The Friday Fives: The Design Dreams of Dominic DiCarlo

May 20, 2016

Dominic DiCarlo

Dominic DiCarlo

School may be out for the summer, but students at the world-renowned University of Cincinnati School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning are still hard at work! We are lucky to have three of those talented students with us as co-ops for the next several months, so for the next three weeks, we'll be featuring one of them in our "Friday Fives" blog series. Each student was asked to pick from a list of five questions and provide their answers along with a statement on what their dream project would be.

First up? Industrial design student, Dominic DiCarlo.

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If I had one extra hour in the day, I would …

If I had one extra hour in the day, I would hope to use that time to work on my design projects and further invest myself in my design learning. There is a good chance that this would end in a brief nap instead.  

My favorite part of the design process is …

My favorite part of the design process is when I am given the lead on a design project and I can make the design decisions. When this happens I am able to put some of myself into my projects.

Best stress buster

The best stress buster is exercise, the kind of exercise that does not allow for thought. Working physically hard enough to ensure your thought is focused around what your body can do.

How would you describe experiential design to people NOT in the industry?

Experiential design is creating the memory that people take home with them.

 

My ideal work uniform would entail…

My ideal work uniform would entail a long sleeve black shirt with three buttons at the top, a black belt, khaki slacks, and a nice pair of wingtips.

 

Dream project?

Desinging a living space.

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A Place for 'Stuff': JRA-Designed National Comedy Center to Receive George Carlin Archives

May 13, 2016

Kelly Carlin speaks as part of a panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media, New York, NY, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The National Comedy Center of Jamestown, NY, presented a panel discussion that evening entitled Celebrating George Carlin – Satire and Democracy: Empowering the Citizenry with Comedy.

Kelly Carlin speaks as part of a panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media, New York, NY, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The National Comedy Center of Jamestown, NY, presented a panel discussion that evening entitled Celebrating George Carlin – Satire and Democracy: Empowering the Citizenry with Comedy.

The National Comedy Center has acquired the archives of George Carlin. The acquisition was announced Tuesday night by the comedian’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, at a private event in New York hosted by the Comedy Center. The contents of the Carlin archive contain material saved by the comedian over his 50-plus-year career, and will be utilized in the Center’s forthcoming museum experience—scheduled to open in Jamestown, New York in 2017.

The event, Satire and Democracy: Empowering the Citizenry with Comedy, was held at The Paley Center for Media, and featured a panel discussion with Lewis Black, Robert Klein, Larry Wilmore and Lizz Winstead recorded for the Comedy Center’s archives. The panel was held in tribute to George Carlin, who passed away in 2008 and would have been 79 years old tomorrow.

Kliph Nesteroff, author of “The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy,” moderated the discussion and was announced last evening as the Chief Curator of the Comedy Center’s forthcoming museum experience.

The Carlin archive includes his extensive creative files, annotated set lists, handwritten journals, scrapbooks, awards, letters, clothing, arrest records and countless hours of video and audio recordings containing both released and unreleased material. Archive images and an audio sample can be found at: www.NationalComedyCenter.org/Carlin-Archive


Notes for Geoge Carlin’s November 1990 appearance on Letterman. George Carlin was said to have never left anything to chance – everything was scripted and then he would critique himself.

“There comes a time in one’s life when it’s time to let go of our parent’s stuff. For me this has been a literal process. Through the writing of my memoir and touring my solo show, I’ve gotten to be with my father in many ways, and let go of, honor and transform our past together,” said Kelly Carlin in a statement. “I am truly excited that there will be a place for my dad’s stuff—permanently. The folks at the National Comedy Center are thoughtful, respectful and excited about the art of comedy. I can think of no other place for my dad’s legacy to be permanently honored, archived and preserved for future generations.”

(Left to Right) Lewis Black, Robert Klein (standing), Larry Wilmore, Kelly Carlin take part on a panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media, New York, NY, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The National Comedy Center of Jamestown, NY, presented a panel discussion that evening entitled Celebrating George Carlin – Satire and Democracy: Empowering the Citizenry with Comedy.

Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, added, “George Carlin helped redefine the art form of stand-up comedy and we are honored to help steward his legacy in this way. With this incredible archive we can provide a window into his creative process for generations to come.”


Arrest Report for George Carlin’s appearance at Milwaukee SummerFest in 1972.

A non-profit cultural institution dedicated to the celebration of comedy the National Comedy Center, is a $50 million project funded by public-private partnership. To date it has been awarded more than $3.5 million from New York State, Empire State Development and I Love NY™.

“The National Comedy Center’s museum will take guests on a personalized, interactive comedic journey through time, and across all media types, in a unique and fun way,” said Tom Benson, Chairman of the project. “It will preserve, protect and trace the lineage between comedy of the past and the future so that it will live and be relevant forever.”

The National Comedy Center’s ground-breaking weekend for the forthcoming museum took place last August and featured Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Offerman, the award-winning creative team of David Letterman’s 33-year career, and the families of Milton Berle, George Carlin, Harold Ramis, and Joan Rivers.

The project embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown to become a destination for the celebration of the comedic arts.  The organization operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and for the last 25 years has produced the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival with performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, The Smothers Brothers and more than 100 other comedic artists.

The Comedy Center’s 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 4-7, will feature comedians Lewis Black, Trevor Noah and Brian Regan, panel discussions featuring screenwriter-directors the Farrelly Brothers, and the daughters of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.

JRA is honored to provide complete planning, design and project management for the National Comedy Center, working in conjunction with renowned interactive media specialists, Local Projects.

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2016 ACM Scholarship Recipients Celebrate Collective Impact of Children's Museums

May 11, 2016

JRA Digital Engagement Director, Clara Rice (left) with the 2016 ACM InterActivity scholarship recipients (L to R) - Jessica Bickford-Manson, Holly Cheeseman, Traci Winscot and Lisa Phelps (Kathy Parham not pictured)

JRA Digital Engagement Director, Clara Rice (left) with the 2016 ACM InterActivity scholarship recipients (L to R) - Jessica Bickford-Manson, Holly Cheeseman, Traci Winscot and Lisa Phelps (Kathy Parham not pictured)

Last week, hundreds of children's museum professionals met for the Association of Children's Museums' InterActvity 2016: Collective Impact, in Stamford, Connecticut. During this three-day conference, participants could peruse the show floor at the Museum Marketplace, engage in roundtable discussions, connect at networking events, and soak in the knowledge offered by childhood education experts from across the country and round the world.

Since 2008, ACM has offered its Small Museums Financial Aid program to offset professional development expenses for museum staff at open children's museums with annual budgets under $500,000. And since 2008, JRA has been a proud sponsor of this program. Through the program, ACM and JRA wish to cultivate staff members at small museums for long-term careers in the children's museum field. The program offered scholarship recipients free registration to Interactivity 2016 and tickets to the Welcome Dinner and Opening Reception.

The scholarship also provided recipients complimentary admission to Collective Impact Live!, a new take on programming inspired by the Stepping Stones Museum for Children's take on collective impact. Collective Impact Live! was an opportunity for attendees to deeply engage in a critical issue facing children everywhere—the achievement gap. The program began with an interactive session modeled after a New England town meeting at the Norwalk Concert Hall and was followed by Norwalk’s Ultimate Block Party, a model demonstration of how children’s museums can leverage their expertise and relationships to prevent summer learning loss. The Block Party featured dance, music, Cinco de Mayo-inspired food for community members of all ages, as well as an exclusive opportunity for conference attendees to peruse the Museum.

"ACM was thrilled when JRA approached us with the idea of the Small Museum Scholarship back in 2008, and we are happy that the scholarship has become one of the Association's most valued member benefits," said Laura Heurta Migus, ACM Executive Director. "Through this program, 45 individuals from 40 ACM member museums have been able to participate in InterActivity, ACM's signatiure professional development event. Museums with annual budgets under $500,000 are valued members of the children's museum community, making up more than 50 percent of ACM's membership. They're doing innovative and important work in their communities, and JRA's continued support of the Small Museum Scholarship Program shows just how dedicated the firm is to the children's museum field!"

This year's recipients were:

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients, and we look forward to working with you in the future!

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