Director, Studio for Public Spaces
Shawn Lani is a practicing artist, educator, and curator dedicated to engaging people in public spaces. Over the last 20 years, he has created interactive installations for more than 50 national and international museums and public settings. He currently holds a senior position at the Exploratorium, where he founded the Studio for Public Spaces and directs the studio in its work, generating new ways to apply the Exploratorium’s inquiry-based learning theories to a wide range of public landscapes. Shawn is the recipient of a National AIA award and was the Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-funded project Ciencia Pública: Agua. In this initiative, the Exploratorium collaborated with a San Francisco Boys & Girls Club to teach design skills to students as they created a parklet in the city’s Mission district. Shawn received his BA in English (Creative Writing) and Art History from Davis in 1992, and his MA in Museum Studies—specializing in educational design—from JFK University in 1995.
Director of Exhibit Development
After joining the Exploratorium in 1999, Eric worked as an exhibit developer on a succession of four National Science Foundation–funded grants. He went on to be Project Director of the Studio for Public Spaces as the team began planning for the Exploratorium’s move to Piers 15/17. In this role, Eric oversaw a team of designers, engineers, content and visitor specialists, and fabricators, both staff and contractors, as they created 20 exhibits for outdoor spaces at the new site. He also helped spearhead connection and collaborations between the Exploratorium and local community-based organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club and the Jamestown Community Center. He was a main project initiator behind the NSF-funded Ciencia Pública: Agua and was the Project Director through its completion. Most recently, Eric has taken on the role of Director of Exhibit Development at the museum, where he is working across projects to create systems and organizational models that take advantage of the extremely talented and diverse staff of the Exploratorium.
Project Director and Evaluator
Veronica’s scope of evaluation work at the Exploratorium includes exhibit development, public programming, orientation and wayfinding, and audience engagement. Before joining the Exploratorium in 1997, Veronica was a museum educator at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles. She went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Education and Public Programming, where she investigated how museums can create effective partnerships with urban Latino families. Veronica continued this focus on Latino engagement and inclusion as Co-Principal Investigator and evaluator on the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-funded project Ciencia Pública: Agua. She also led and researched a mobile multilingual exhibit interpretation approach that provides exhibit access in Spanish and Chinese while allowing multilingual visitors to engage socially and remain in their respective roles.