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Learning in Motion: Sharing Stories on Public Transportation”

 “Learning in Motion: Sharing Stories on Public Transportation”

October 28, 2013

 Learning in Motion: Sharing Stories on Public Transportation is a triple presentation by Anne Bray (Out the Window), David Lustick (Cool Science, Science To Go), and members of the Smithsonian Our American Journey youth engagement feasibility study team, including Jennifer Brundage, Aaron Glavas, Magdalena Mieri, and Pino Monaco. The presentation explores outreach programs designed to engage riders on public transportation in local science- and arts-based informal learning projects, discusses case studies of community engagement and participation, and shares lessons learned and best practices for museum educators considering innovative ways to share their own community-based initiatives.


  • Anne Bray has been working at the intersection of public space and media art as a hybrid artist and director of the nonprofit media arts organization, Freewaves ( For Out the Window, short video portraits of places were presented in the unusual context of the Los Angeles County Metro bus system, during spring and summer 2011. By sharing perspectives from individual households and neighborhoods to the city and region at large, Out the Window creates a mosaic of the many social, cultural, economic and creative layers of a complex American city.
  • David Lustick, Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Graduate School of Education, has been conducting research on an innovative model for informal science learning that uses public mass transit spaces to engage riders with climate change science. Cool Science and are two current projects that explore this new model and its impact on specific audiences. has an audience of 500,000 riders every day. For more information on these projects, visit
  • Pino Monaco, Magdalena Mieri, Jennifer Brundage and Aaron Glavas from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Affiliations, respectively, present lessons learned from different case studies on how to engage youth from Affiliate communities in the Smithsonian Our American Journey project. They also discuss a pilot project in collaboration with the Japanese National American Museum in Los Angeles and a local high school through which students created object-inspired-projects related to the theme of migration.

This program is part of a series that features colleagues doing innovative work in the fields of community engagement and heritage, It is hosted jointly by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, the Smithsonian Our American Journey initiative, the Hirshhorn ARTLAB+ program, and the Smithsonian Heritage Months Steering Committee. For additional information please contact

The presentation was webcast live and is archived on this page.

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