Muse-E-Yum is an ongoing project by the Navam Innovation Foundation initiated by Reema Gokhale. The project began as Navam Innovation Foundation, a sister organization of Agastya International Foundation, branches out into cultural education and social sciences for the economically disadvantaged children of India. The project's long-term goal is to create an open-source of household culture and document traditional knowledge, personal stories, and perspectives around culture. A participatory approach to document stories and teaching students the importance of preserving culture was adopted, making it a 2 phase project. The student's graduation project would be implemented in phase 1, where the project attempts to fuel creativity and make children culturally aware through story-telling in a spatial environment. For accessibility and better reach, the outcome emerged as a mobile museum that would travel around setting up exhibitions in various schools in the district of Telangana. The content of the pilot museum focuses on 'Food and Culture; as the broader inquiry. The learning goals of the project focus on understanding political, social, and geographical influences on Indian food along with its nutrient benefits. Through the project's tenure, knock-down exhibits, interactions in these exhibits, sequential spatial narratives were developed as food stories were researched and curated. A future envisioned for the project covers conducting workshops on food futures, experiments around food, food innovation programs, and tackling food security issues while understanding traditional practices.
spatial design, social innovation design, cultural education, design research, experience design