Cultural institutions have world-class resources which technology can make accessible to more people around the world. That’s why Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the development of state-of-the-art technology, from mobile applications to immersive galleries and other dynamic tools, designed to transform the visitor experience, encouraging interaction and exploration of cultural institutions on and offsite.
HELPING MUSEUMS REACH BROADER AUDIENCES AND INCREASE ACCESS
Through Bloomberg Connects, (formerly known as the Digital Engagement initiative), Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed $96 million to support the development of technology that transforms the visitor experience at 15 cultural institutions around the world including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, London’s Tate Modern, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Botanical Garden, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Science Museum of London and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped museums stay current with the latest trends in technology, starting with audio guides in 1999, to support for mobile apps starting in 2013 and now expanding to support innovative immersive galleries, location-aware navigational tools, and customized experiences that allow visitors to connect with experts, become designers and engage with the arts in a whole new way.
The digital tools are also integrated with the institutions’ websites to give the public access to cultural content anywhere and anytime.
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