Aiming to Boost Audience Engagement Through Technology, Knight Foundation Gives Nearly $1 M. to Eight U.S. Museums

Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts using an augmented reality technology called Lumin.


With funding that totals $970,000, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will help eight museums—including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Detroit Institute of Arts—hire staff members to use technology in order to improve audience engagement and visitor experience.

“Our hope is that these dedicated digital staffers will help art institutions better reach and engage audiences by meeting them where they are: on the technological devices they use every day,” Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation’s vice president for the arts, said in a statement.

The list of museums and positions follows in full below, organized by city.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – Director of
Technology Innovation

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – Tech + New Media Curator
Detroit Institute of Arts – Digital Experience Designer

Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami – Director for Digital Engagement
The Wolfsonian at Florida International University – Digital Projects & Community

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Director of Museum Technology
The Fabric Workshop and Museum – Museum Technologist

San Jose, California
San Jose Museum of Art – Manager of Interactive Technology

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