10 Pages

Creating Chicago History

Making Outreach Craft Activities Meaningful
WithMadeline Karp

Abstract When it comes to having a traveling outreach activity for a museum, a craft can seem like the perfect solution. It can seemingly be all things at once—educational, quick and fun. But, if poorly constructed, crafts can also have serious fallbacks. Using the Chicago History Museum and the Millennium Park Family Fun Festival as a case study, this article discusses what goes into designing an effective craft, and how museums can make the most of crafting at an outreach event.