Ellis Island Celebration
On Thursday, March 29th, Acoustiguide celebrated the new Ellis Island audio experience with the National Park Service, along with colleagues, partners, and VIP guests. After a rainy ferry ride to the Island, the festivities began with a special breakfast. Many people involved in the yearlong project joined us – editors, producers, voiceover talent, studio engineers, translators, and our friends from Eriksen Translations, who played a big role in helping us produce the tours in 11 different languages.
Next came opening remarks, a ribbon cutting, and the main event. Managing Director of the Americas Daniela Gorelov led a group of multi-lingual children though the exhibits at Ellis Island, along the way highlighting the Family Tour’s immersive storytelling, which the kids listened to in their native languages.
How did we get here? Over a year of hard work!
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Audio Experiences
What did you do this past New Year’s Eve? Acoustiguide was up late with a lady named Liberty! Our Operations team spent a late night implementing our new audio experiences on Liberty and Ellis Islands so they would be up and running for early morning visitors on January 1st. Hours of hard work in chilly temperatures was just the final step in our year-long journey with this project.
It began in the Fall of 2016, when our Business Development team’s all-encompassing proposal won us the project. Then came months of work for our Creative team , crafting engaging and immersive stories for visitors of all backgrounds – adults, families, speakers of English, Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, American Sign Language users , and low-vision visitors. No surprise that creating tours for global audiences was a huge global effort. So many people across different continents were involved in the process – writers, editors, curators, historians, tribal representatives, National Park Service employees, actors, audio engineers, consultants, translators – the list goes on and on and truly honors the diversity that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island stand for.
Our Operations team brought the whole project together on New Year’s Eve, successfully choreographing the delivery and installation of thousands of audio devices onto the islands, as well as the staffing, signage, and other support services to guide thousands of daily visitors through their visits.