From the Field

Portland Art Museum Wins Business Innovation Contest

December 5, 2012

The Object Stories program at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, won the vote in ArtsFwd’s Business Unusual Innovation Story Contest. The contest asked the public to vote on five examples of organization innovation at arts institutions. Object Stories is a recording and photo booth that invites Portland Art Museum visitors to share the story of a meaningful object—whether a piece of clothing, a cherished record album, or a family heirloom.  By capturing, honoring, and sharing participants’ stories, this project aims to demystify the Museum, making it more accessible, welcoming, and meaningful to a greater diversity of communities – while continuing to highlight the inherent relationship between people and things.

More information on Object Stories at the Portland Art Museum is available at

More information on the Business Unusual contest is available at the ArtsFwd website.