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Strong Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-3998)
Jon-Paul Dyson (Project Director: August 2017 to November 2021)
The History and Cultural Impact of Video Games: A New Gallery at The Strong

Planning of a permanent gallery exploring the history and impact of video games on popular culture, learning, and American leisure.

Through the planning and script development for a permanent, long-term gallery, The Strong National Museum of Play endeavors to explore and share the history, influence, and experience of video games as they relate to culture, human development, and the evolution of play. The planned gallery, the centerpiece of an overall museum expansion, will include complementary and cohesive interactive exhibit spaces that showcase the history of video games through: (1) display of rare and unique artifacts; (2) use of multiple media formats that allow guests to discover the history of video games and their impact on society and culture; and (3) inclusion of one-of-a-kind interactive experiences that bring the history, art, and narrative structures of video games to life. When planning is complete, The Strong will be positioned to create a first-of-its-kind installation that engages audiences with humanities-rich content illustrating the enduring impact of video games.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Exhibitions: Planning

Public Programs

$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 3/31/2019