Eltine DeYoung-Peterse is an museologist, placemaking creator and programming expert. DeYoung-Peterse holds a Master’s degree in Museology from the Reinwart Acadamie, Leiden, The Netherlands.
DeYoung-Peterse has worked with top museums in the world including the Vangogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Fries Museum, The Kröller-Müller Museum, The Natuur Museum Groningen, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Through a philosophy that “we learn best, when we enjoy” DeYoung-Peterse’s exhibitions and programs bring quality-of-life exchanges between event attendees. For example, the Rommert Box, a small container with real museum objects, encourages close exchange between say a grandparent and their grandchild. Her exhibitions and programs have been implemented across the world. A combination online and in-person exhibitions teamed schools together in four different countries where students learned about their culture, expressed these points to distant students, and learned about other’s cultures in a rich online exchange culminating in a professional exhibition.
DeYoung-Peterse’s fundraising and grant writing skills are extensive These include writing the major justification for grants at the Nashville Zoo at Grasmere. The Nashville Zoo, the largest draw in the state of Tennessee, received millions of dollars during DeYoung-Peterse’s tenure at a success rate of 96%.
Mark John DeYoung is an artist, designer and educator. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelors degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mark has worked extensively both here in the United States and in The Netherlands. One of his interests is the role in which design can serve as an agent of change using the theory of design, and design-thinking,asking “Why do we design?” “What do we wish to accomplish?” “How do our activities contribute to the well being of our community, our environment as well as our bottom line?”
For the Nashville Zoo, DeYoung partnered with specialists at Vanderbilt University,to enable people on the spectrum of autism to have enriching and successful visits to the zoo through a set of participatory, do-it-yourself, visual tour schedules and maps. The project received a Nashville Predators Community Service award.
DeYoung has done environmental exhibition projects around the world including a major participatory design project at the Electron Cultural Foundation, in Breda, The Netherlands; as well as participating in Helsinki Design Week, Finland; the Graphic Design Festival Breda, The Netherlands; and for a number of AIGA events in United States.
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We are a creative agency specializing in visual communication, branding, environmental design and production. We work with clients through design thinking processes, from reframing the problem situation, rapid prototyping/ideations,to design, production, and evaluation. We use design theory to tell your story: a meaningful narrative that engages your viewer.
Dino Trek Animatronic Show Nashville Zoo at Grasmere
The Nashville Zoo has the most visitors in the state of Tennessee, nearly 1,000,000 people per year. Programs developed incorporated collections and shows to enrich visitor’s experience. Balancing marketing and education goals, media created included special event shows, and field guides, exampled here.