YIMENG YAO

Graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (Class of 2023) with a BFA degree in Graphic Design. 

Currently interning at the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum.




Featured Projects:

  1. Emobo
  2. Eaz-Eat
  3. Scent Catalog
  4. The Museum Maker
  5. Vertigo


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04  THE MUSEUM MAKER: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Museum Experience & Education
RISD Museum Family and Teens Education Department Fellowship
2022.09-2023.02



“The Museum Makers: A Journey of Self-Discovery” invites children to curate their exhibitions by rearranging objects from the RISD Museum's collection. This experience fosters their participation, engagement, and imaginative thinking while providing an educational opportunity to learn the basics of curation.






Project Background:

Since my first visit to the RISD Museum in 2019, I have observed a consistent shortage of young children and families among the museum's visitors. The majority of visitors are instead comprised of college students and local retirees. Besides some school visits, there are no activities for kids to self-explore the museum, therefore might explain the lack of attraction of RISD Museum.

The absence of designed activities and opportunities for children to independently explore the RISD Museum, with the exception of school field trips, may account for the lack of interest among children in visiting the museum.

Children who visit with their parents often exhibit a hurried pace, lacking patience and a meaningful understanding of the exhibits. This is also due to the absence of descriptive labels for many of the artworks, making it difficult for parents to engage their children in thoughtful conversation and explanation.



Drawing from these observations and insights, I developed a museum-focused activity that is based on the principles of curation to increase children's engagement and interest in visiting the RISD Museum, connecting the museum's art collections to their daily lives. During the past semester, I collaborated with Christina Alderman, the Assistant Director of the Family and Teens Program at the RISD Museum's Education Department, to create a museum activity. The activity will debut on February 19th at the RISD Museum's Super Art Sunday Event, and will continuously applied in other children’s events.



Research:

Drawing from these observations and insights, I developed a museum-focused activity that is based on the principles of curation to increase children's engagement and interest in visiting the RISD Museum, connecting the museum's art collections to their daily lives. During the past semester, I collaborated with Christina Alderman, the Assistant Director of the Family and Teens Program at the RISD Museum's Education Department, to create a museum activity. The activity will debut on February 19th at the RISD Museum's Super Art Sunday Event, and will continuously applied in other children’s events.

There, I found some research based on the games children like to play and the visual communication design method based on Museum Experience.