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Strong Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-3998)
Jon-Paul Dyson (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Digital Worlds: History and Cultural Impact

Implementation of a permanent exhibition, on-line content, educational materials, and public programs exploring the history and cultural impact of video games.

Through the design, fabrication, and implementation of a 24,000-sq. ft. permanent, long-term gallery—tentatively entitled Digital Worlds—The Strong National Museum of Play will explore and share the history, influence, and experience of video games as they relate to culture, storytelling, human development, and the broader evolution of play. This gallery, the centerpiece of a transformational museum expansion, will include complementary and cohesive interactive exhibit spaces that showcase the history of video games through: (1) display of rare and unique historical 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.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$700,000 (approved)
$700,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2023