My recent post on Acoustiguide’s cell phone offering was not intended as a product plug but confirmation that I think we’re on the right track with Art on Call. That said, I feel remiss in not mentioning another organization that is offering a similar service, namely Sandbox Studios’ Museum411. Scott Sayre, one of the principals of Sandbox Studios, has been a lead player in the development of the Walker’s Art on Call project. Following the launch of Art on Call, Sandbox Studios entered into a partnership with Plum Voice Portals, the IVR vendor behind the Walker’s system, to form a new division, Museum411, “ specializing in the production of phone-based Interactive Voice Response audio tour/information systems for museums, galleries and sculpture parks.” As other vendors/organizations launch applications similar to Art on Call, they too will be mentioned here or on the project wiki. Art on Call is funded with a National Leadership Grant from IMLS, and one of our measures of success is adoption of the model.
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