The “Ace Interpretive Bingo” sheet [PDF] is designed to be a place to start a conversation about audience centered interpretation with your peers. Take it along on a program or use it when you’re looking at a piece of interpretive media. Grab a marker, and put a tick mark in a box each time you see an element of excellence.
Just like in a game of bingo, you don’t need to fill every spot. Some ACE offerings might only exhibit one or two elements of success – that might be enough to get the audience to a powerful experience. For other offerings, you might cover the card with checkmarks. This is meant as a handy sheet to make capturing ideas and observations easier.
What are the categories of success?
The Bingo board has six different categories of success (five columns, plus the cross-cutting top row):
- Facilitation – How well is the experience helping to invite visitor voices and leave space for visitor expression?
- Container – How is the experience helping make visitors feel safe and welcomed in the environment to share a diversity of perspectives?
- Relevance – How centrally is the experience centered around an issue pressing to today’s society and is the experience reactive?
- Participation – How are visitors engaged in dialogue with fellow participants (visitors, interpreters, facilitators, etc.) and the resource itself during the experience?
- Techniques – How did the techniques chosen for the experience help to make answering questions easier and invite richer answers?
- Questions – How did the questions used for the experience invite the visitors to answer from their personal lived experience?
Just like in a game of bingo, there is a free space at the center of the board; in resource-based interpretation, the story of the place should always be present.
Looking For More on Audience Centered Experiences?
You can find much more self-guided learning and all of the materials for making yourself an ACE in the Audience Centered Experience Interpretation workbook.
You can find links to seasonal lesson plans which support this emerging skill set in the Audience Centered Experience Trainers’ Guide.