On Monday, I worked in the morning to brainstorm some ideas of how to rework the online features. This has been proving somewhat difficult as they have a lot of intricate animation and small images that wouldn’t translate well to a normal page. Nevertheless, I tried to figure out some possibilities . In the afternoon, a bunch of the interns and the rest of the staff headed over to the mall for the Smithsonian staff picnic. We spent the afternoon in the folklife festival, which had been closed to public. After lunch, some of the interns and I headed into the Arts and Industries building to check out the cake decorating contest, which was a ton of fun! Then it was time to head back to F|S, so we attempted to navigate through the basement of the castle to get back. We of course got lost. 🙂 At the end of the day, we had a call with our social media contractor to discuss the storyboarding for the new Snapchat and Instagram Stories channels that we will be contributing to!
Tuesday was a bit less exciting as I spent the day researching museums on social media and coming up with ideas about how to represent F|S on the new channels in the best and most interesting ways. By the end of the day, I had thought of a few good ideas that I think will be really fun additions to the new social media launch!
Wednesday was a crazy day! It was the beginning of the live conservation of two Augustus Saint-Gaudens sculptures that are usually placed in the Freer courtyard. Years of being outside caused them to accumulate a layer of harmful buildup, so a company based in Ohio came to conserve them through a CO2 blasting process that broke through the original layer of wax, and then coated the works in a new protective layer. It was incredibly exciting to watch on a beautiful (but warm) morning. Taylor, the curatorial intern, Jacob (another DMT intern) and I worked to stream a Facebook live video explaining the process and composed posts for our social media channels.
This took up a large portion of the day, so the rest of the time I was working on social media posts and a few other short tasks. It was a ton of fun to be part of such an interesting project at the museum. Read about it here and here!
On Thursday morning, I worked on some more posts for the second day of the conservation and continued to work on the social media storyboarding for the launch of Snapchat and Instagram Stories. In the afternoon, we did a second Facebook live video highlighting the second part of the process.
Good morning from the Freer plaza. Today we are continuing a live conservation of two allegorical Augustus Saint-Gaudens sculptures. The restoration is conducted through a 3 step process of dry ice blasting, patina replacement, and wax application. Join us for our livestream at 1 PM today on Facebook or in person to get a closer look at a process that is usually behind the scenes! #Conservation will continue through the afternoon. #artist #Art #ArtDC #artlife #artist #artstagram #conservation #research #museum #Smithsonian