Molina Family Latino Gallery – Digital Immersion Strategies and Inclusive Design


Thursday, April 02, 2020: 6:00pm - 7:00pm -

Jose Ralat-Reyes, Smithsonian Institution, USA

The Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) is embarking on a momentous effort to open the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the National Museum of American History. This 4,500-s.f. space will be the first Smithsonian space on the National Mall dedicated to the experience of Latinos in the United States, and is currently intended for a ten year run, opening in 2021.
The opening Exhibit – ¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States.

Digital aspects of the exhibition will include interpretive, multimedia installations and participatory educational activities. This level of interactivity will stimulate conversations and visitor interactions.

Our digital immersion strategy is grounded in an Experiential approach for both online and in-Gallery audience engagement that ensures meaningful and memorable learning experiences.

We currently have envisioned digital concept and design at 35% to feature four signature digital media experiences that align with our Experiential model for attracting visitors into the Gallery and further orienting and engaging them in the space through a multi-sensorial mixture of experiences.

SLC proposes to share up to three rapid prototypes of key media elements with aim at testing visitor entry points, visual cues, and inclusive design/ Universal Design features with the MuseWeb community

This demonstration and rapid prototyping will be in collaboration with Smithsonian Office of Audience Engagement and Inclusive Design.