Denver Art Museum's staff members have created a wide range of digital resources for visitors of all ages to experience
Museums of all shapes and sizes are striving to engage quarantined audiences all over the world through digital initiatives. While their physical doors may be closed, your favorite museum likely has at least one video tour with a curator or downloadable gallery guide. Cultural institutions have a history of being slow to adapt to new technologies. Yet, with the limitations of COVID-19, museums are rising to the challenge and fulfilling their need to serve the public.
At the Denver Art Museum alone, staff members have created a wide range of resources for visitors of all ages to experience, Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, an exhibition that was scheduled to open the week it closed. Over the past few weeks, departments have collaborated to create an online course taught by the curators and an overview packet of the exhibition. Soon they will also offer poetry pairings with artwork and poets of the period and printable interactives to download at home.
Cultural institutions are also using social media to animate and educate people at home. There are specific international hashtags such as #MuseumMomentofZen that focus on sharing works of art that are calming, and that may bring a moment of peace. The other popular and more humorous hashtag is #MuseumfromHome, where experts deliver one-minute chats about specific artworks from the comfort of their pajamas.