Rochester Institute of Technology and the Genesee Country Village and Museum are joining forces.
RIT and museum officials on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate. The organizations hope to apply technology and new media to support exhibits, research and other activities at the living-history outdoor museum in Mumford.
RIT and museum officials said the partnership will also create opportunities for fundraising, event hosting, student programming, faculty research and internships for students.
“We have worked with Genesee Country Village and Museum for a number of years in an ad hoc fashion,” said James Winebrake, dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. “By formalizing the partnership through this memorandum of understanding, our organizations are making a long-term commitment to work together to create enriching opportunities for our students, our faculty and the public.”
Becky Wehle, interim president and CEO of the museum, also is enthusiastic about the partnership.
“RIT is an extraordinary place with world-class programs in design, museum studies, digital humanities, interactive games and American crafts,” she said. “We aim to leverage each other’s capabilities to create a partnership that serves us both well.”
The Genesee Country Village and Museum, chartered by the state Education Department as an educational institution, was founded to preserve prime examples of architecture from Upstate New York and to foster an understanding of New York and American history. Through interactive programs, events and exhibits, the museum helps visitors understand the lives and times of 19th-century Americans.
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