Flip This Museum! Shawn McCoy Helps Children's Museums Turn Struggles Into Success

May 14, 2018

Shawn McCoy

Shawn McCoy

At this year's Association of Children's Museums Interactivity 2018 Conference, JRA Vice President Shawn McCoy moderates a "Flip This Museum: Real World Techniques That Turn Struggles Into Success," a session on how museums can overcome and pave the way toward a more successful future.

While children’s museums are nonprofit institutions created to serve their communities, many facilities underperform or ultimately fail due to a variety of financial and operational issues. In this engaging and interactive session, attendees will first hear from two museum directors who have taken on such challenges and transformed their museums into institutions built for long-term success. Next, two economic and management consultants will share how to identify and solve various financial and operational problems. Attendees will then test out new knowledge by examining a fictional case study of a struggling museum.

Panelists for Shawn's session include: 

  • Sally Edwards, Marble Kids Museum
  • Ainslie Brosig, expERIEnce Children's Museum
  • Sarah Linford, AECOM
  • Ray Glang, Management Resources 

In addition to his concept development, business development and marketing roles as VP of JRA, Shawn McCoy is globally recognized as a thought leader in the themed entertainment industry, crafting and sharing presentations on industry trends, intellectual property, branded attractions, theme park technology, the impact of globalization, and immersive storytelling. Shawn has served as a speaker, panelist, or moderator for conference sessions around the world, including the Themed Entertainment Association’s SATE Conference, the Future of Immersive Leisure Conference, the China Summit, and the Museum Education for Children Symposium, and has been a featured contributor for numerous webinars.

For the past eight years, he has presented the session “Emerging Trends in Immersive Design” at the annual International Association for Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo to standing-room-only crowds. He has been interviewed as a trends expert by global industry and mainstream publications, including Forbes, Quartz Magazine, and CNN and has many internationally published articles to his credit. He is currently a member of the Association of Children's Museums Education Committee and is Museum Subcommittee Chair for the Themed Entertainment Association's Thea Award Committee.

"As exhibit designers, our focus is on creating engaging visitor experiences that allow children to better understand the world around them. However, we understand that for a children's museum to be truly successful, its leadership has to be equally focused on economics and operations.

With this in mind, we wanted to create a session that speaks to the daily challenges that museum leaders face to keep their institutions operating as effective and efficient businesses. Our hope is that the lessons provided by our panel of museum leaders and consultants will provide session attendees with a variety of valuable tools that will help them to continue to successfully serve their communities and meet their missions." - Shawn McCoy

"Flip This Museum" takes place Wednesday, May 16 at 1:15 p.m. If you're attending InterActivity, it's a session you won't want to miss. 

 

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One of us...One of us...

April 21, 2018

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JOIN OUR TEAM!

We are currently searching for an experienced designer and media producer to join our team in Cincinnati. The ideal candidates for each position have worked in the entertainment industry and have experience designing interactive/immersive environments in venues such as museums, visitor centers, sports or entertainment complexes. 

Designer
Job Requirements:
• Participates in creative brainstorming workshops
• Works closely with project writers / researchers to formulate project conceptual ideas
• Conducts design research to inform and support conceptual ideas
• Prepares illustrative sketches, plans, CAD plans and / or models to support and present the concept vision
• Prepares the detailing of the approved concepts as required
• Participates in proposal and project presentations as required
• Travels as required

Required Software Knowledge:
• Adobe Suite (Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop)
• Google Sketch up
• Cad and/or Revit

Media Producer

Job Requirements:

• Ensure compliance with creative and technical execution for exhibits as they relate to the guest-experience on a project.
• Partner with a team to develop media scope of work, contract documents, cost estimates, schedules, strategies, and work plans to align with achieving the project's creative and technical intent.
• Liaison with internal and external resources through every phase of design, production, and installation, to ensure creative, technical and quality consistently align.
• Travel as required depending on project needs.

Required Skills:
• Experience in museum or visitor center exhibit UX design, production and installation experience.
• Have experience with emerging UX technology

Ready to make a move RIGHT NOW? Qualified candidates please email your resume and portfolio or portfolio link to Dana Everhart, Director of Operations, at deverhart@jackrouse.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Fresh Faces Friday: Meet Megan!

March 16, 2018

Megan Sanderson

Megan Sanderson

TGIF, and a happy early St. Patrick's day to all...

It's Friday, which means its time to feature another fresh face! We are pleased to welcome designer Megan Sanderson to the JRA and Lionsgate Movie World teams. Megan brings years of interior design experience to her role, previously helping clients showcase their brands at retail outlets around the world.

She is thrilled to be tasked with bringing Lionsgate's blockbuster films to life, and we can't wait to see what creative ideas she has in store for us. 

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Fresh Faces Friday: Five Questions with Margaret Danker

March 09, 2018

Margaret Danker

Margaret Danker

Happy Friday! Yet again, we are welcoming a group of blockbuster co-ops from the University of Cincinnati's School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Today, we feature Margaret (Maggie) Danker, an industrial design student who spoke to us about her love of research, Thailand, and the boss.  

To get inspired, I go …

I like to go to my travels for inspiration! Whether it’s through experiencing a new culture, architecture, a conversation, or a beautiful view, there are so many places to see in this world and the inspiration is everywhere!

Dream vacation:

Thailand has always been a dream of mine and visiting an elephant sanctuary while there.

My iPod/Itunes is full of …

My artist library is all over the map, but my favorite road trip choice is always Bruce Springsteen. I have been listening to him since I was very young (thanks to my dad) and have been to 4 of his concerts!

Best thing about the industry...

Constantly being surrounded by talented people with creative minds and different design backgrounds.

My favorite part of the design process is …

Research! I really enjoy diving into research about the project I am working on. I love looking into trends within the market, color and materiality, and new product concepts.

 

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The Friday Fives: Going for the Gold with Bailey Reinhart

January 26, 2018

Bailey Reinhart

Bailey Reinhart

Welcome back to the Friday Fives! For our second installment, we're happy places and gold medal dreams with University of Cincinnati communication design co-op, Bailey Reinhart. 

Favorite entertainment experience...

...The Happiest Place on Earth— Disney World! I have been to Disney World about 12 times so far; the main reason that I like it so much is because of the variety and the enormity of it. From Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, etc. there’s a ton of unforgettable experiences.

The part of my career I enjoy the most is …

...Being able to collaborate with others and create designs that are used in the real world. Also being able to do something that I am passionate about everyday.

Best stress buster...

...Being with friends and traveling, nothing de-stresses me more than a new adventure or experience.

In my spare time, I…

Most of my spare time is spent working on freelance design projects. I create award designs and promotional materials for Hawkes Crystal USA, a brilliant-cutting establishment located in Tiffin, Ohio. I also work on design materials for a small boutique in Tiffin; creating graphic tee designs as well as instructing painting classes whenever I have the time for it.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Growing up I always wanted to be an art teacher or an architect. I always knew that I wanted to have a career in the creative field but wasn’t sure of all the possibilities.

What are your dream design projects?

I have a a few…

  • - To brand an athletic team, direct the design of the stadium, uniforms, merchandise, etc.
  • - To help develop an Olympic logo and create the brand
  • - Work on a way to make the healthcare system better and more user friendly

We look forward to working with Corie and Bailey to help develop their skills, stoke their design passions, and bring them one step closer to their professional dreams. To learn more about Bailey, visit her design website at www.baileymreinhart.com.

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