Kia ora, hello. I’m Frith Williams, from Aotearoa New Zealand. I’m currently exploring developments in digital storytelling and bilingual/bicultural interpretation in US museums, supported by a Fulbright Scholar Award. In August, I’ll be with the creative crew at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York – on the road intermittently before and after.
First up – I’m no techie. I’m interested in stories, in journeys, in emotional experiences that inspire learning, and in how technologies can support all that. Back home, I head the talented Writing Team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa). I’m fascinated by the connection between the on-floor, on-line, and on-street experiences. And I’m passionate about encouraging creativity, making space for multiple voices, and creating great content generally.
In the wee hours on dark and stormy nights, I edit children’s books for Book Island. Because they make me smile.
Contact me with cool things you’re doing in the US that I just can’t miss.
Life before Te Papa
Education publishing, writing, film-making, photography – my background encompasses all these things.
For four years, I created multimedia education materials for Learning Media. Highlights? With Click Suite, we won a New York Festivals Award for an interactive yacht-building and racing website (TACTICS), linked with the technology and science curricula. On behalf of UNESCO, we made a great interactive CD-ROM on traditional Pacific navigation for students in the Pacific, working with Boost.
I edited collections of inspiring kids’ writing for Duffy Books in Homes, and worked on numerous projects for the Ministry of Education (from the School Journal to resources on media literacy) and other public and private-sector clients.
For a short time, I indexed articles at New Zealand’s National Library. Life was quiet then.
Before that, I studied film-making, photography, writing, and acting at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), and all the usual liberal arts at Vic Uni, Wellington. I also cleaned houses, made coffee, sold popcorn, and waited tables. Lots of them.
And once, in what now seems like an entirely different universe, I attempted to cycle from Europe to China … but that story didn’t end so well.
This blog is long overdue – I’m usually lucky if I have time for lunch. Pull up a chair.