Friday, December 2, 2011

Brainstorming and Action Plans

The latest re-cap from Billy: For the past several weeks, MTS has been moving all around town. Our first stop was El Museo in Harlem. After the programmer's meeting, we went straight to work, reviewing all the questions given to us. We established a structure to divide up the work: a communications team, database/research team, and events team. One or two people established themselves as team leaders, making sure all tasks were being accomplished, and several "floaters" freelanced projects from two or more of the teams. Our method of finalizing a decision? Quick discussion then vote!

Next week, we headed over to International Center of Photography in midtown, where we were given a quick walk-through of ICP's school, filled with fancy darkroom equipment and printing centers. We even had a surprise visit from a curator! After we immediately jumped back onto our projects and started brainstorming. Each team started to develop a list of tasks and goals to be done within the next week or so. Communications worked on a facebook group/page, twitter account, google site, and outreach to school coordinators. Events began planning the ins and outs of a community event. Research produced a criteria for teen events, listed events to attend, and planned a tumblr and google docs to convey finds. 

 The past Wednesday, MTS gathered at the new Children's Museum of Art over in West Village where we were given a tour of their awesome new space. We ran through a thorough check-in with the progress we've made over the past week. Events planned Saturday community days, which latched onto already planned teen events: Brooklyn Museum on December 3rd in conjunction with Free First Saturday and Whitney Museum of American Art on December 10th on an artist drop-in event. We established a structure for these meetings: socialize, special learning, activity, announce teen programs, and chat with programmers. Communications began on their social networking pages where they will post event updates and share info. Finally, we wrapped up this intense meeting with a list of ideas for the programmers at CMA to help launch their new programs. Go team!