“The 1000 Journals exhibition provided visitors with a completely different type of museum experience: one in which they contributed their stories to a creative project, connected to one another, and participated in the transformation of a gallery space into a workshop for imagination.”
As a participatory exhibition, The 1000 Journals Project creates many opportunities for community engagement. Visiting classrooms, after-school programs, and adult learning programs benefit from journaling activities and events, and use entries as discussion topics. Museums have also used the project as an outreach effort, often launching their own journals into the world.
“In the months since the opening, its become clear to me that The 1000 Journals Project exhibition is really about encouraging art-making. The point, for me, was to create an environment in which everybody, not just children, might feel compelled or invited to try their hand at being an artist.”