If you work in social media for your cultural institution, there’s a pretty good chance you know Claire Lanier, or are at least familiar with her work. I first interviewed Claire for this podcast about two years ago, when she was managing social media at the New-York Historical Society. She and Meredith Duncan, who was at the Museum of the City of New York, had just won MUSE Award for the #MuseumSnowBallFight campaign, in which museums around the world lobbed snow-related images at each other via social media, while much of the US was shut down during the Bomb Cyclone storm.
Based on that conversation, I knew that Claire had a knack for using social media to connect a museum’s mission with its audience, even when that museum’s doors are closed. So I thought this would be a good time to check in to see how it’s been running social media for the Met during a pandemic.