is the first mobile product of the Kentucky Museum Without Walls project. The
iPhone and Android App were originally published November 2010 and are
The Kentucky Museum without Walls is the research project
that produced TakeItArtside! This project is based in and dependent upon on-going research and
continual feedback from all users/participants. Originally proposed to facilitate an inventory
of Kentucky’s public art stock useful for multiple purposes like smart phone
applications, conservation and record keeping, engaged research, and arts
education, the project has grown to include many other cultural assets,
including museums, historic homes, and galleries.
The project team, led by Christine Huskisson,
includes a number of students in the School of Art and Visual Studies at the
University of Kentucky with a single student dedicated to a primary
administrative position via an internship annually. Over the last three years
many educational partners have come on board to aid the team by providing
feedback and testing new initiatives. They include: Georgetown College,
Transylvania University, LexArts, and the Department of Historic Preservation at UK and the Kentucky Heritage Council.
Product Description: TakeItArtside!
TakeItArtside! is Kentucky\'s first smart phone app to bring our
many cultural assets to your fingertips & on your phone: Find maps, tours,
games, & lesson plans via this application, which is available as a free download
from iTunes and the Android market.
You can also follow app-related news via Twitter: TakeItArtside!?
To promote education and enhance the public’s interactions with
many cultural assets in Kentucky by
- Developing educational tools and games for students and teachers
based on Kentucky\'s Academic Core Standards
- Developing tools that enhance all viewers’ experience of
Kentucky’s cultural assets
- Encouraging community participation in documenting, preserving,
and strengthening Kentucky’s cultural assets
- Facilitating collaboration and cross-disciplinary studies
between various Departments within the University of Kentucky
Although museums continue to thrive, the placement of art in the
even-more-public realm of city and urban spaces has grown drastically over the
last century: art is moving away from the interior walls of the museum and
moving into outdoor spaces and other publicly accessible buildings. Now more
than ever, art is where the public is. In 1951, André Malraux proposed that a
new Museum without Walls was coming into existence. His theory, propelled by
the widespread impact of photography and the invention of the photocopy
machine, proposed that a new relationship between people and art was the consequence
of these technological advancements: more people were able to see work housed
inside a museum without actually needing to enter the building.
This project builds on Malraux’s
concept by applying Web 2.0 technologies to art that is already outside museum
walls. Kentucky is its own open-air museum, home to inspiring,
thought-provoking, educational, and beautiful art work, and its citizens and
visitors will be able to develop more meaningful relationships with its art
through the applications developed in Museum without Walls. The project team has positioned this initiative as the first in Kentucky to advance this
new dialogue with its art, ensuring that it is accessible, affordable, and fun.
In 2010, Christine Huskisson, adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky (Museum Studies) was recognized for carrying her thesis work into the public realm. Huskisson\'s Masters in Art History titled “Conceptual Art and the Interpretive and Exhibition Functions of the Museum” was based on Malraux\'s thesis and proposed that art itself broke down the traditional and exclusive confines of the museum\'s primary functions. Huskisson, who has had a long track record of working in a collaborative manner saw it as an opportunity to build a new dialogue around various public art projects in Lexington, Kentucky. From these efforts emerged
the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium (LTPAC), which positioned students in an
active, decision-making body along with professionals from the LFUCG, the
Legacy Center, LexArts, and the Lexington Art League, and the University of
Kentucky’s Department of Art. The LTPAC oversaw the completion of a Master Plan
for public art along the trail. For this Huskisson was awarded a $10,000 Commonwealth Collaborative Grant.
The Commonwealth Collaborative Grant included the
charge to research and document how public art initiatives beyond the Legacy
Trail educate and impact Kentucky residents and visitors.That was the seed money for the Kentucky Museum Without Walls and TakeItArtside Project.