New Literacy, New Audiences


This major three-year project unites the research team with an expert group of strategists and technologists from some of Australia’s major cultural institutions, to examine how the evolution of digital literacy and content creation can create a new audience of active cultural participants.

The project is led by Angelina Russo, who has substantial experience in the theory and practice of museum communication and new media. Dr Russo was awarded the prestigious 2005 Smithsonian Fellowship by the Queensland Premier.

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Angelina Russo, Jerry Watkins, and CCI partner organisations: Sebastian Chan, Manager, Web Services, Powerhouse Museum; Kerry Cody, Head, Information Management & IT, Queensland Museum; Louise Douglas, General Manager, Audiences and Programs, National Museum of Australia; Lea Giles-Peters, Chief Executive & State Librarian, State Library of Queensland; Lynda Kelly , Head, Audience Research Unit, Australian Museum; Brett McLennan, Screen Education Manager, Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Project News

Futures Forum, Canberra

Angelina Russo has been invited to present at the Museums Australia Futures Forum to be held in Canberra on 19 – 21 May. Read more about it here!


Angelina Russo was invited to act as thematic editor for New South Wales Museums and Gallery Services ‘The MAG’. This issue focuses on the use of social media in cultural organisations and includes articles by Dr Lynda Kelly from the Australian Museum, Carolyn Royston from the Victoria and Albert Museum. It also includes an interview with Caroline Payson from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and several Australian case studies of the use of social media. The issue is due out in mid May!

Digital Forum 2008

Angelina Russo was invited to give the first presentation in the annual State Library of Victoria ‘Digital Forum’ series. The talk was presented by Andrew Hiskens, Manager for Learning and approximately 100 people attended. You can read more about it here!

Victorian Cultural Network

Angelina Russo was invited to present to the Victorian Cultural Network Governance Committee. The Governance Committee is made up of key execs from five cultural agencies: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, and Victorian Arts Centre Trust - and some Arts Victoria reps. As a Governance Committee, they have responsibility to set strategic directions for the Victorian Cultural Network project.

State Library of Queensland hosts Smithsonian visitor

Angelina met up with Caroline Payson, Director of Design, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Brisbane where Caroline was hosted by Arts Queensland to deliver a roundtable with government agencies, a public talk and two masterclasses. The public talk was opened by the Honourable Minster for Trade, Arts and Training, Mr Rod Welford. You can read more about it here!

Museums and the Web 2008

Angelina Russo and Sebastian Chan were invited back to the prestigious Museums and the Web Conference in San Francisco to present an updated version of their highly popular ‘Planning for Social Media’ workshop. You can read a review of this workshop here!

Social Media and Cultural Communication 2008 conference report

This event raised some of the major issues in the field, and demonstrated best practice and state of the art initiatives. Read Angelina Russo's report on the conference.