Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Announces Website Extension

A multi-media hub of the Nelson-Atkins website has launched. Studio 33 features videos, audio entries, interactive content and social media portals that allow visitors to learn about a favorite work of art, respond to a Museum blog post, listen to artists discuss their creative process and discover more about exhibitions and special programs. But Studio 33 is not a static entity; it will continually grow
and evolve to accommodate various platforms. A mobile-friendly device version is also in the works and will be made available in the future.
“Museums are shifting from thinking of themselves as passive, brick-and-mortar places to being more actively engaged in getting information to the public,” said Adam Johnson, head of adult programs and interpretive media. “We are reaching out to different audiences and encouraging feedback.”

There are currently more than 250 audio offerings on Studio 33, each one about two and a half minutes in length. They were recorded by celebrities, local voice talent, curators and even children, with the intent of enriching the museum experience for visitors to the site. The site will launch with five videos, with more videos added each month.

“Studio 33 lifts the veil on what goes on behind the scenes, showing visitors things they normally wouldn’t see,” said Emily Black, assistant educator, digital media. “Where else can you hear an artist talking about his work? And Studio 33 also links directly to our FaceBook page, Twitter feed, blog and Flickr. It’s a great resource.”

Studio 33 was named for the year the Nelson-Atkins opened. Visitors can enter the site at www.nelson-atkins.org/studio33

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson- Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion and renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free to everyone. For Museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit nelson-atkins.org

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