Dancing to a new beat, making museums easier to navigate
An international classical ballet dancer has pivoted to mastering how to make museums easier for everyone to navigate, including people who are neurodivergent.
International ballet dancer turned University of Canterbury MBA student Kase Craig (left) with MBA coordinator Dr Christian Walsh and a display of Kase’s Canterbury Museum project.
An accomplished professional classical ballet dancer who trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, Craig performed with Ballet de l’Opera National de Bordeaux in France for 11 years.
“I’m originally from Christchurch but spent most of my career based overseas. When I came home in 2020 to start my MBA at the University of Canterbury, I was motivated to work on a consulting project which would have an impact in the city,” he says.
“I was inspired by a young boy with autism who is partially blind and non-verbal, who regularly visits Canterbury Museum with his family. His needs, and those challenges faced by visitors in similar situations, are complex and necessary to address so that everyone can successfully navigate the unwritten rules of the museum – such as knowing which artefacts can or cannot be touched.”
Craig wanted his MBA project to answer the question: How might we make Canterbury Museum the most inclusive space in Christchurch?