Curatescape develops accessible digital tools that empower small cultural organizations to tell richer, deeper stories through their audiences’ mobile devices. For example, Arizona State University, the Papago Saludo Association, and Scottsdale Public Television used Curatescape to develop Salt River Stories—a free, map-based mobile app that explores the history of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and the surrounding region. Curatescape emerged out of the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. The app and web platform was initially designed to illuminate stories embedded in urban landscapes. With NEH funding, Curatescape worked with museums and universities, adapting the platform to meet the needs and constraints of interior spaces, multi-site institutions, and developing nations. In addition to making it possible for more organizations to use Curatescape in more places, the projects have clarified best practices for digital humanities interpretation in these contexts.
–Mark Tebeau, Founder of Curatescape