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© University of Kentucky, 2010

Authors: Christine Huskisson and Lisa Broome 

TakeitArtside! is the first mobile product of the Kentucky Museum Without Walls project. The iPhone and Android App were originally published November 2010 and are continually updated.

Project Description

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!


Mission Statement

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 the University of Kentucky’s School of Visual Arts, Gaines Center for the Humanities and our many educational partners.



The working title of the project is “Museum without Walls.” 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 2010 Museum without Walls 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 leaders propose to position this initiative as the first in Kentucky to advance this new dialogue with its art, ensuring that it is accessible, affordable, and fun.

The inventors' mutual experience in the realm of public art, project management, and community engagement equips them well to carry out this project. 

In the spring of 2010, the University of Kentucky’s Museum Studies class, under the direction of Huskisson, was awarded a Commonwealth Collaborative Grant to build on the work the class did for the Legacy Trail.  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. The grant supports student interns, including Allison Hosale, who assisted in implementing the plan and who continued to research and develop future educational programming for a broader range of public art in Lexington. The Commonwealth Collaborative Grant includes the charge to research and document how public art initiatives beyond the Legacy Trail educate and impact Kentucky residents and visitors.

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has a long history of town-gown programming, much of which has focused on citizens’ use of Lexington’s public spaces. In 2008, in collaboration with LexArts, Inc., the Center sponsored a four-week public dialogue on the value of public art and possibilities for future public arts development in Lexington (Lafayette Seminar 2008, “ART + PUBLIC Engaging the Community through Art”). In addition to this seminar, Associate Director Lisa Broome-Price has developed public arts programming for the Center in collaboration with the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library (Little/Gaines Artists Series) and regularly supervises Gaines Fellows’ community-engagement projects.

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Header Collage Image Credits:

© “Nexus” 2006 by Tony Higdon & Erika Strecker (Transportation Cabinet Office Building, Frankfort, KY)

"Transit of Venus", 2004 by Robert Huff (Giddings Hall, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY)

"Bottlestop" 2009 by Aaron Scales (Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY)

“Getting Back Up”, 2006 by Luke Achterberg (Lexington Diagnostic Center, Lexington, KY)

“A Portrait of Daniel Boone”, ca. 1930 A. D. Fisher (College Park, College Street, Winchester, KY)

Gwen Reardon, 2001, The Thoroughbred Park Sculpture Collection, (Thoroughbred Park, Lexington, KY)