National Parks Now

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DEADLINE: Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service (NPS) have launched National Parks Now, a competition inviting multidisciplinary teams of young professionals to develop strategies for reshaping the national parks visitor experience.

As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016, the competition highlights four parks in the Northeast Region as case studies for attracting diverse audiences, telling new stories, and engaging the next generation of visitors at a time of fast-evolving technologies, regional contexts, and audience expectations:

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, NY), the estate of President Theodore Roosevelt
Steamtown National Historic Site (Scranton, PA), one of the world’s most important monuments to the steam locomotive
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (Paterson, NJ), a historic birthplace of American textile manufacturing
Weir Farm National Historic Site (Ridgefield, CT), the summer estate of the artist Julian Alden Weir

Four teams—one for each park site—will be selected to receive a $15,000 stipend each to participate in a six-month, collaborative research and design process that explores the themes of region, engagement, narrative, and place. At the conclusion of this phase, one team will be selected to receive an additional $10,000 to create a prototype for one of their strategies, which will be implemented at their site in summer of 2015.

DEADLINE: Thursday, October 30, 2014.
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