CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Many people are in the dark when it comes to money, and I'm turning on the lights," says the inimitable Suze Orman. "Money IQ is fundamental and we're going to make personal finance resonate," says exhibition developer Gail Vida Hamburg.
Orman and Hamburg are talking about their favorite topic, financial education. Suze Orman is, of course, The Money Lady, America's most popular and trusted financial advisor -- the people's financial guru -- who for more than two decades has brought personal finance to the masses through her books, television shows, guest appearances and multimedia resources. Hamburg is the designer and producer of Economia: Money Matters, an interactive, multimedia traveling exhibition about personal finance, set for a nationwide museum tour beginning Fall 2013.
The duo have a Vulcan Mind Meld on the topic of money. "Financial education is a fundamental right. I've seen how financial knowledge empowers people. This exhibit is an extension of my life's work as a financial educator, and an innovative way to teach people about money," said Orman.
"Financial information is too often daunting and dull," said Hamburg, who has developed museum experiences for the acclaimed BODY WORLDS exhibitions touring the globe. "The story of personal finance renders itself well to the museum space," she said. "It's a journey of discovery and self-recognition through a curated environment that ends with empowerment and even transformation."
"Imagine learning about your money by walking though a museum gallery at your own pace and engaging with interactive exhibits that you can touch and feel. In Economia, you'll learn about financing a college education without majoring in debt, about funding your retirement, about investing, and saving, and debt. You could learn alone or with friends and family. You will remember what you learn because it will be entertaining, and when you're having fun learning, the lessons stay with you," said Orman. "The goal of this exhibit is to make financial education a family affair and for everyone to emerge being the master of their own financial destiny," Orman said.
An interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, financial educators, digital artists, fabricators, and interpreters, Economia will integrate national and state financial literacy curriculum goals for all age groups including K-12, college students, adults, and seniors
The 7000 sq ft exhibition, developed and designed by Hamburg and fabricated by award-winning museum exhibition studios will include College Road, (a gallery for parents and their students considering higher education), and Third Phase (a gallery dedicated to retirement).
"The Suze Orman Gallery is the centerpiece and hotspot of Economia," said Hamburg. "It crystallizes and interprets Ms. Orman's work for the first time in the museum space," she said.
The exhibition is planned to be ready for touring science, natural history, industry, and pop-up "People's Museum" venues starting Fall 2013, with a projected Chicago launch.
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