Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

FRONT LINE, BEYOND CIVIL RIGHTS

Birmingham, AL

Exhibit Design: Amaze Design
Exhibit Graphics: Proun Design, LLC
Area: 2000 sq. ft.
Budget: 1.5 mil

This exhibit expands the story of the civil rights movement in Birmingham to provide perspective on current human rights issues around the world. Provocative media and bold graphics are displayed among dramatic exhibits intended to motivate a young audience—to encourage feedback and promote activism.

The design team employed exhibit techniques that engage all senses: brightly colored illustrations in a graphic novel format are used to address topics from the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa to the Pro-Democracy Movement in China to genocide in Darfur while inset monitors display actual news footage of the events. Protest songs from around the world are accompanied by animated treatments of the songs. Computer screens prompt visitors to take a stand on issues from gay marriage to school dress codes. Finally, visitors can leave their own story about human rights on a touch screen computer monitor and e-mail it to themselves or a friend.