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Veteran Museum Administrator Emlyn Koster Joins Project Rebirth Board

New York, NY, USA (July 10, 2010) — Project Rebirth has released the following statement:

“We are pleased to welcome Emlyn Koster, PhD to the Project Rebirth Board of Directors. Dr. Koster has most recently served on the Project Rebirth Museum Content Committee, where his guidance and experience was most valuable. Emlyn was drawn to Project Rebirth as a continuation of his commitment to the 9/11 family community post 9/11, and support of the launch of the Families of September 11, Liberty Science Center, New Jersey Department of Education educational collaboration – the 4 Action Initiative.

“Born in Egypt and graduating with Special Honors BSc from the UK’s University of Sheffield and a PhD from Canada’s University of Ottawa, both in geology, his distinguished career brings perspective from worldwide experiences of culture and education. Dr. Koster held CEO positions at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Liberty Science Center across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan, and the Maryland-based Institute for Learning Innovation. Each of these major museums achieved significant civic and environmental impacts during his tenure, including as an exemplar of assistance and therapy in the aftermath of a disaster. Elected chair of the worldwide Giant Screen Theater Association, he co-led its unification with the LA-based Large Format Cinema Association. Other board and advisory appointments have included the worldwide Association of Science-Technology Centers, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, US committee for the International Council of Museums, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Getty and Noyce Leadership Institutes, and the Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University. Emlyn has recently launched his own organization, Relevancy Matters, LLC. The external usefulness of museums has been the focus of his invited institutional mentoring, keynote presentations and sixty publications, including ones co-authored with John Falk and Elaine Gurian. In their 2007 article in The Informal Learning Review titled “Science museums face the 21stcentury”, Carol Bossert and Mac West opined, “The word ‘relevancy’ is irrevocably connected to [Emlyn Koster]”. With Emlyn’s guidance and wise counsel, we at Project Rebirth look forward to developing our educational presence in the realm of museums and other learning institutions.”

Project Rebirth is the nonprofit organization stemming from the Peabody Award winning, feature-length documentary Rebirth. The film, Rebirth, records the strength of the human spirit coping with disaster and the ongoing redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. Project Rebirth serves as a vehicle to promote the unique preparedness needs of first responders as the frontline of disaster recovery.

The mission of Project Rebirth is to chronicle living history and honor 9/11 victims and first responders, and to advance educational initiatives committed to pre-trauma resiliency building for first responders. All proceeds from the commercial distribution of Rebirth are endowed to Project Rebirth to support its programmatic efforts. 

Project Rebirth and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum have been working in partnership to support the release of REBIRTH with a mutual commitment for the film and related content to have a meaningful place at the future 9/11 Museum. The film will be shown in the auditorium on a regular basis as well as to private audiences outside of the normal operating schedule. In addition, Project Rebirth will produce two new bodies of work: an immersive exhibition experience; and a compilation of an additional nine short films about each of people interviewed by Project Rebirth. This content will be restorative and one that is appropriate and beneficial for all ages. School groups of all levels will be encouraged to attend and educational workshops can be provided on site or virtually.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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