We are thrilled to announce that JRA Vice President Shawn McCoy has been named to the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List. Blooloop’s inaugural museum influencer list recognizes and celebrates 50 of the most influential people in the museum sector over the last year. Judged from reader-submitted nominations by a panel of industry experts, each name on this high-profile list is a person who has demonstrated the creativity and drive to affect real change in the sector.
For over 25 years, Shawn McCoy has transitioned JRA’s museum, theme park, and brand clients from kickoff through the initial planning and design phase, ensuring that they enjoy a smooth working relationship with the company’s designers, writers and producers. He takes an active role on many of JRA’s museum projects, from early brainstorming meetings to opening day. Shawn has imprinted his creativity on award-winning museum and interpretive projects around the world, including:
- Angry Birds Universe Traveling Exhibit (Middle East, Europe, USA)
- Cade Museum of Creativity & Innovation (USA)
- Crayola Experience (USA)
- Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History H-E-B Science Center (USA)
- Danfoss Universe (Denmark)
- Grand Hall Experience at Union Station (USA)
- Imaginosity – Dublin’s Children’s Museum (first children’s museum in Ireland)
- The Joy E. Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience (Jamaica)
- KidzWorld National Science Centre (Malaysia)
- Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago (USA)
- Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (USA)
- Mascot Hall of Fame Interactive Children’s Museum (USA)
- The Mind Museum (Philippines – Thea Award recipient, first science center in Philippines)
- National Comedy Center (USA – Best New Museum 2020 USA TODAY)
- National Geographic at Explorers Hall (USA)
- Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (USA)
- Science Centre Singapore
- Space Center Houston (USA – IAAPA Impact and Brass Ring Awards)
- SPAM® Museum (USA)
- SUE Exhibit at the Field Museum (USA)
- TimeWorld (Denmark)
- Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum (USA)
- Yuengling Museum & Brewery Tour (USA)
In addition to his work within the JRA studio, Shawn is recognized as a global trends expert and thought leader, and he has made sizable contributions to the museum industry through his committee work, published articles, and conference presentations. Shawn served on the IAAPA Museum Committee from 2014 to 2016. For the past ten years, he has presented the Museum Day session “Emerging Trends in Immersive Design” with fellow Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer, Cynthia Sharpe, at the annual IAAPA Expo for capacity audiences. He is serving his second term on the Themed Entertainment Association’s Thea Awards Nominating Committee, where he is currently Chair of the Museums sub-committee and as such presents the Museum Awards panel at TEA Summit Case Studies Day.
Providing Hope and Sharing Knowledge
For the Association of Children’s Museums, Shawn has served on the InterActivity Conference’s Content Committee since 2017. Once ACM made the announcement to cancel the 2020 conference due to COVID-19, McCoy immediately developed a program to recognize the efforts of ACM members in this time of crisis. With Shawn serving as creative director, JRA and ACM partnered to produce “Images of Hope”, a video montage showcasing museums’ community building efforts. He is the co-founder of ACM’s “Small Museums Financial Aid Program”, which over the past 11 years has funded InterActivity conference registrations for dozens of small museum professionals.
Shawn has shared his museum knowledge and expertise at conferences, trade shows and expos around the world. He has been featured in Blooloop, as well as mainstream publications and media such as Forbes, USA Today and CNN. Shawn’s “10 Attributes of Memorable Attractions” has been shared to thousands of industry professionals via in-person presentations, published articles, videos and social media posts.
“In Constant Touch with the Latest Trends”
About Shawn McCoy being named to the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List, Audrey O’Connell, Co-Owner and Business Director of Horner Science Group, writes, “…perhaps more important than business or creative acumen in working with museums, it is Shawn’s personal qualities that put him above the pack. He is a genuine and compassionate listener, an internationalist, a reliable and honest person who I think values above all to help people to find the right solution for whatever the project or situation.”
Daniel Tan, Senior Director of Projects and Exhibitions at Science Centre Singapore, adds, “Shawn is in constant touch with the latest trends in engaging visitors globally. His knowledge of what’s happening worldwide goes way beyond the projects in which he or [JRA] is involved in, and it shows that he is constantly seeking out new aspirations to add to his knowledge.”
“During my tenure of knowing Shawn, he has worn many hats, has been instrumental in the impact JRA has made on the industry and has always continued to be a consummate professional”, adds Keith James, JRA Owner/CEO. At the end of the day, and most importantly, he has become a wonderful friend. Shawn McCoy has my highest recommendation for the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List.”