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Public Museum School (Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5371)
Alex Forist (Project Director: June 2020 to present)

Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants
Public Programs

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$100,000 (approved)
$93,926 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

River of Time: A Game for Community Engagement

Prototyping of a web-based, mobile game that explores the history of the Grand River.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will create a state-of-the-art digital learning game called River of Time that will engage thousands of players. River of Time will encourage players to explore and interact with humanities content through their smartphones or tablets without having to download an app. The goal of the project is to create a scalable platform, running on the web, that will allow the GRPM to deliver curated information, digital collections, and fun interactive experiences directly through ‘activation points’, triggered by a device’s camera, at locations anywhere in the community. Using personal devices, the game will be offered to the general public, who will be able to access it anywhere, anytime, at no cost. The software will lay the foundation for innovative community engagement that directly ties human experience to Museum quality content. The prototype will focus on activation points along the 40-mile-long Lower Grand River corridor.