Hands on Media Workshops at Mia 

Learn about free and low-cost tools along with best practices for digital storytelling or digital photography to engage audiences and support your museum's mission and goals. Workshops are led by Mia's award-winning Media and Technology Team. 

Storytelling (limit 25 participants)

Digital Storytelling can include text, audio, video, hyperlinks, and other media shared using web applications, touch screens, social media, or apps. Narratives delivered on digital platforms can connect visitors with compelling stories. Learn about free and low-cost tools that can help you deliver content to your museum's audience that will fuel curiosity and highlight your collection. Workshop participants will gain familiarity with a new, free open-source digital storytelling tool as they take it for a test drive by composing their own stories with guidance from the Mia team. 

**Storytelling workshop requires basic computer skills (although even experienced software developers may benefit from seeing the open-source tool and user interface designs). Please bring your own laptop. **

Digital Photography (limit 10 participants)

During this hands-on workshop, we will focus on practical photographic and lighting techniques to create digital images for museum promotion and reporting purposes. Topics covered may include composition and lighting, as well as newer methods of digital capture (such as 3D imaging). Guests will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Mia's photography studio, explore techniques and software for editing photos, and touch on best practices for storing and cataloging digital photography. 

**Digital photography workshop attendees will get the most from the experience if they are familiar with digital cameras and post-production software such as Photoshop.**

St. Paul Campus Crawl (limit 25 participants)

As we “move forward together,” the University of Minnesota’s Saint Paul Campus presents an interesting model of collaboration on a big campus. Join colleagues for a tour of cultural organizations, all in an academic environment, that deliver great, mission-driven work. This is a walking tour with stops at the Goldstein Museum of Design, College of Biological Sciences Conservatory,  and the Gabbert Raptor Center. Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mutually beneficial partnerships with researchers and community groups. The tour starts at Goldstein Museum of Design, 241 McNeal Hall. 

Walking Tour, University Grove (limit 30 participants)

Tour this unique neighborhood of architect designed homes adjacent to the University of Minnesota's Saint Paul campus. Truly an "architectural time capsule," University Grove's homes represent local architecture spanning approximately the late 1920s and up to today, and feature designs by local legends including Ralph Rapson and Close Architects. Tour participants can join the tour via a shuttle courtesy of the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Guests will walk up to about one mile through the neighborhood on even terrain.

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