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SPSU students help High Museum adapt to digital age

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Southern Polytechnic State University has partnered with The High Museum of Art in an effort to find ways to make the museum experience more meaningful to 20-something-year-olds. The result is “High Without Walls,” a crowd-sourced, cloud-based museum exhibit that gives visitors a voice and a choice.

“High Without Walls” debuted at the museum in November and is hosted on Trover (www.trover.com), a photo-sharing website that offers a forum for art to be viewed on the internet with information about artists, the location and other details typically found on information plaques at physical museums.

Two new media art classes at SPSU were instructed to come up with creative ways of getting the younger generation involved in contemporary art and museums. The students wanted to have a voice through social-media engagement, and Trover was a good match to test this new idea.

For eight days, visitors to the “High Without Walls” website were invited to take a photo of a great piece of art, upload it to Trover and include #highwithoutwalls in the description. The High Museum staff selected its favorite pieces from the submitted photos, and they were displayed at a one-night event on Nov. 10 at the High Museum.

The cloud-based exhibit is still ongoing online. To view it, go to Trover.com.

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