This session invites attendees to critique the notion of attentiveness, an unspoken criterion for museum exhibits. Join panelists to brainstorm a hypothetical exhibition. Can the techniques developed by interpretive designers in the past generation—narrative, dialogue, interaction, simulation, role-playing, and other modes of experiential learning—meet the challenge of new cognitive styles brought by new and more diverse audiences? Do museums need to develop new techniques, perhaps employing social media and multiple learning paths, and thereby redefine what we mean by an “attentive audience”? Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Alice Parman, Daniel Spock, Margaret Marino, Richard Rabinowitz