The 5-day Virtual Workshop on Museum Collections and Visitor Engagement (30 November–04 December 2020) within the U.S.–India Professional Collaboration initiative was organised by the Center for Art & Archaeology (CA&A) of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), supported by the U.S. Mission to India, New Delhi. The workshop was designed to teach the Fellows documentation and digitization of collections, preventive conservation, conceptualization and execution of exhibitions as well as visitor experience and public engagement. In their preceding assignments, Fellows practiced documenting an object for a database and critiquing an exhibition. They were given three months for their final assignment on creating a visitor experience program under the mentorship of Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose.
These are the fourteen Visitor Experience Programs created by the Fellows:
Mumbai Mapped – City Histories through Cartographers’ Lens by Ruta Waghmare Baptista; WAYS OF SEEING AN EXHIBITION by Avijna Bhattacharya; Visitor Engagement Program on Ceramics of Indus Valley Civilization by Moumita Dhar; Explore the world of animals in the art of Jamini Roy by Baishali Ghosh; PLAY, LEARN, ENGAGE at Bihar Museum, Patna by Moumita Ghosh; Textiles across Borders: Undivided Bengal and the Story of its Textiles by Ritwika Misra; Sarees-BRIDGING CULTURES by Pavithra Muddaya; Making The Future: Art And Civic Engagement by Shubhasree Purkayastha; Bead Beyond an Ornament by Kishore Raghubans; Sitting on a Silver Mine by Chelsea Santos; Mehrangarh on Minecraft : Digital Heritage Education Programme by Krishna Shekhawat; Visitor Experience Programs of Heritage Handicrafts Museum at Namchi, Sikkim by Pema Kesang Sherpa; NGMA BELONGS TO ALL by Jyoti Tokas; Early Stone Sculpture Exhibition by Waman Anandrao Wankhede.