The mission of the Museum is to promote, preserve, and share the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy. The museum is looking for help in researching and cataloguing materials, including printing machinery, and in planning future exhibits.
Updating the permanent collections.
The museum would like to update its collections, both in the short and medium term. Students would research the holdings to update didactics on the currently displayed materials, and potentially make suggestions about other materials not on display that could enrich the visitor experience. Students are also encouraged to look towards medium-term renovations, and propose changes that could make the permanent exhibit more interactive.
Houston print history.
The museum, in partnership with local print industry associations, is undertaking to tell the history of the print industry in Houston. The museum itself is part of this history, being situated in what was called the “Craft District” or “Printers’ Row.” Students would perform research in the museum’s archives and other local archives such as the Houston Public Library, as well as potentially conducting oral history interviews of local print industry professionals, and make proposals for how this history might be integrated into the museum’s exhibits.