I just returned from Chicago, where the “Nature’s Toolbox” exhibition is now fully installed and open to the public.
Having the exhibition at a Natural History Museum is a very new experience for AWFC, as well as for our audience and the Field Museum itself. It was great to see all the busloads and large groups of children and teens visiting the exhibition along with the many families. With the more interactive presentations at the Museum, we see a very different etiquette than we find within the quiet more contemplative experience of most fine-art venues and we are (usually) seeing our Museum audience shift into a slower gear when they come into our space.
The Field staff, who did a great job with the installation, also had some adjustments dealing with living artists and works in progress rather than their more typical objects and artifacts. We are excited to be pushing boundaries and the reaction seems to be very positive.
We are continuing to receive press on a number of online magazines and blog sites (some are upcoming), including Fast Company; Celsias; Mother Jones; Trendhunter; Leonardo Journal; New Scientist; PopTech; Treehugger.com; the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Art— just to mention a few.
AWFC is in conversation with a number of high profile venues around the world interested in the exhibition. With the high costs for transportation and the economic challenges faced by many countries around the world, AWFC is looking for a major three- city sponsor for Delhi, London and Singapore where we have serious interest. If you have any ideas, we welcome your input.