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50 years/50 objects online exhibition


The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, which produces the annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC wanted to mark the 50th anniversary of the Festival with an online exhibition. This exhibition would tell the story of the Festival through 50 significant objects selected to represent the breadth and depth of their programs.


Visual Dialogue worked closely with Festival Director Sabrina Motley and Curator Erin Younger to develop a visually engaging, scrolling, and responsive site for the exhibition. A grid of images allows users to quickly survey all 50 featured objects. They can also browse by just scrolling down or search by category. Highlighted objects are shown with a large image and basic info, while more details about the maker and background story are revealed with a click. The system we created for the 50 Years/50 Objects site also serves as a template for future online exhibitions.