Programs & Outreach
The trustees of the MOT are dedicated to education and public service. With more than 5000 artifacts from television’s broad history as the core of the story, they believe it can offer the community a great museum experience that can play a role in the general education of young people that attend local schools. The MOT will work with teachers and school officials to develop meaningful exhibitions, programs and activities that will enhance the classroom experiences.
The MOT will also offer the perfect framework for easy discussion and understanding of the dramatic changes in the last seven decades of American history, a history unit that is often glossed over in the classroom due to lack of time and resources. Another core objective is to mentor and serve the population of surrounding Universities and Colleges with programs designed to connect students with experts who can demystify what it takes to succeed in the changing industry and offer hands on experience in a real working environment.
The Museum of Television intends to offer a unique outreach program directed toward the interests of students studying everything from production to journalism, and even K-12 school programs. We will offer at no cost a range of internships and special classes, workshops, and seminars that introduce students to a wide variety of opportunities within the wonderful world of television. Television’s appeal and success is due, in part, to continuously changing programming that reflects the evolving tastes of its audience; and a primary objective of our museum will be to provide exhibits, public programs, and other content that will be as ever-changing as TV itself. We look forward to providing lectures, programs, and seminars; and this kind of discourse will become even more essential in the future, as the technology improves to the point that it is difficult to discern the difference between the crystal clear image on the screen and real life:
The relationship between our common history and TV;
The effect TV has had on the American image abroad;
What parents can do to turn popular television programs into effective teaching moments with issues such as violence, sexuality and intolerance;
How women, minorities, gays, and others have been portrayed over time in the medium;
The evolution of genres from the beginning of television until today;
The science behind commercials: how advertisers make their jingles unforgettable; how ad agencies will do anything to keep you from taking a bathroom break; and kids get to try some of the most memorable commercial challenges;
How TV shows are digitally recorded and the technology behind DVRs;
How The A. C. Nielsen Company evaluates your viewing habits and how cumulative ratings impact the fate of each TV show. Screen a new TV show and tell the networks what you think;
Screening of past or present TV programs that provide a forum for comparison and discussion;
Festivals, retrospectives, and live events & performances that celebrate the art form that is TV;
Actors, writers, directors, designers and other “talent” discuss their process during the production cycle of a television show episode;
Insights from “below-the-line” professionals from stuntwomen and animal wranglers to key grips and caterers on what it takes to train for and succeed in various production vocations;
How to properly care for, display, store, insure, and cherish family heirlooms or collectibles;
Master planning a private collection; discussing condition, rarity, iconography, value, documentation, buying at auction, or braving eBay to be hosted by museum founder James Comisar;
This just In monthly talks that will focus on a few cultural objects recently acquired or displayed by the museum, their detailed provenance and backstory, before and after photos of their conservation, their iconographic importance, and other aspects of why we valued them to also hosted by James Comisar;
Stay Tuned monthly program will provide families and others the opportunity to screen classic TV shows (and view objects) from past decades and compare, contrast, and discuss what was happening on and off the small screens at different point in our history. The spirited discussion comes from you; the popcorn is on us.