Over the years, Keith Braafladt ’86 has had a number of titles ranging from teacher to web developer to book publisher. Today, he is the director of the Science Museum of Minnesota's Learning Technologies Center. He has been at the museum since 1985 in one form or another—starting when he was hired as a summer workshop instructor by an intuitive education director who wanted artists to teach summer science classes.
Braafladt is currently working on a museum-wide initiative to invite playful exploration and learning by doing into museum programs. He's interested in using expressive technologies and simple materials to generate ideas and meaning.
"MCAD helped me look outside of myself as an artist. I cannot state how important the visiting faculty were and hopefully are. I was changed inside by those artists—such as Doriit Cypis, Suzanne Lacy, Vito Acconci, and Dan Grahm—they transformed how I perceive myself as an artist and how I view artists' role in the community. MCAD pushed the boundaries for me and instilled a desire in me to do so with others."