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The Omnimuseum Project is a non-profit collaborative devoted to embracing our world of things, places and phenomena as sites for informal learning. Founded in 2012, the project's initiatives involve the exploration and development of strategies and techniques for expanding the museum experience into everyday settings. In so doing, we are developing ways for museums and other cultural and educational institutions to serve a broader public, and gain presence in real world places that directly correspond to their missions.

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Collaborators and Contributors:

Michael W. Burns is the founder and executive director of The Omnimuseum Project. He is the design director at Quatrefoil Associates and has been designing museum exhibitions as well as public environments and events for over 25 years. Formerly, Michael was director of Exhibition Design at the Field Museum, and creative director at the Shedd Aquarium. He holds degrees from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received a Masters in Time Arts

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Chris was the Principal Investigator for TOTeM. He has a BA in Alternative Practice (Brighton Polytechnic, 1992), a Masters in Design (Goldsmiths 1999), and a PhD from Plymouth University (‘A Social Dimension to Digital Architectural Practice’, 2007).

Jane Macdonald is Coordinator for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and managed the exhibitions, events, marketing, administration and finance for TOTeM.

Dr. Ruth A. Hawkins is Director of the Arkansas Heritage Sites program at Arkansas State University.  She also is Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways, Inc., a tourism promotion association serving 15 counties in Eastern Arkansas.  Dr. Hawkins has served in various administrative capacities at Arkansas State University for 35 years.  She is the recipient of numerous state and national historic preservation awards and was inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame in 2011. 

Marti Peran is Professor of Art Theory at the University of Barcelona. Critic and curator of exhibitions, he has collaborated in different contemporary art catalogues and books. Co-editor of Roulotte, he collaborates with specialized journals and magazines (Exit Express, Artforum International). Director of the international program Roundabout. Encounter Program between Barcelona and other cities (Mexico, Reykjavik, Bangkok, Jerusalem, Santiago de Chile, Istanbul). He has recently presented, among others, the following projects: Post-it City. Occasional Cities (CCCB, Barcelona, 2008; MAC Santiago de Chile, Centro Cultural São Paulo, 2009); After Architecture (Arts Santa Mònica. Barcelona, 2009). 

Larry Beasley is the former Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver.  He is now the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. Beasley works all over the world with recent significant assignments in Ottawa, Dallas, Rotterdam, Abu Dhabi, Toronto and Moscow.

John Leigh is a Multi-media Engineer at Quatrefoil Associates, and has been working with Quatrefoil since 2007, helping design, assemble, and install computer-based interactives in a variety of venues.  Main interests include: games and the appropriate uses of game-like metaphors, the so-called New Aesthetic, making things work. 

Roula Tsapalas is a Senior Exhibit Designer at Quatrefoil Associates. Trained as an architect, she is interested in the sense of place as a powerful tool for learning. Roula has worked with Head Start facilitating teacher trainings, family events and creating curricula for enrichment programs like Messages of the Built Environment. This enrichment program engaged families with informal learning opportunities in their everyday surroundings. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland and practiced commercial design for 15 years before branching into education. Roula is an accredited LEED Green Associate.

Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based composer, radio artist, sound designer, instrument inventor, improvisor, visual artist, and teacher. Leonardson is director of the World Listening Project (founded in 2008) and founder (in 2009) of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, a regional chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE). He is currently President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jayna Champeau  is a recent graduate of the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s MA Exhibition Design program and has a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was led to continued studies through her years spent as part of the Exhibition Graphics team at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Jayna returned to the VMFA during graduate studies as an instructor of exhibitions and curatorial practice for a teen leadership program and has previous experience as a photography instructor. Additionally, she has completed internships with the National Museum of American History and National Portrait Gallery. 


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