Serving communities to reclaim their stories.

Amplifying voices that have been ignored, misrepresented, or erased. On their own terms.


Your voice. Your priorities. Your audiences.

What We Do

Amplifier helps communities recover, reclaim, restore, and reveal their stories. Their history, heritage, culture, and identity.
Community-driven projects require skills and experience above and beyond standard best practices. Amplifier was built for this, with care, attention, humility, and servant-leadership on top of exceptional knowledge and creativity.

Interpretive Planning

A detailed review of goals, audience, resources, and stories, leading to recommendations for a complete suite of interpretive media, from programs to exhibits to websites to curriculum.

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Experience Design

Planning, design,
and fabrication review
for all forms of visitor
experiences, including interior
and exterior exhibits.

Experience Assessments

Independent review of existing visitor experiences, alignment with site goals, and recommendations for next steps. Often used to develop RFPs for implementation.

On Every Project

Stakeholder engagement

Workshop facilitation

Concept generation

Project management

Process leadership

Creative direction

Grant support

Engaged listening


Content development

Mentorship & Training


Associated Support Services

Provided by trusted partners

cultural resource surveys and documentation, collections management support,
ral histories, fundraising strategies, curriculum development

Who We Are


Amplifier is led by Steve Boyd-Smith, an award-winning exhibit developer, creative director, interpretive planner, and project manager with more than 30 years creating marvelous experiences.


Steve comes from a background in public history and theater: set design, sound design, and directing. Through theater he understands that we do not create anything alone. It's all about the team. For each project Steve builds a team to meet its specific needs.

Recent Collaborators

Seitu Jones Studio

public art, exhibit design, mentorship


106 Group

cultural resources & interpretation


Blue Rhino Studio

exhibit design, creative fabrication

Gerard Hilferty & Assoc.

exhibit design

Pam Smith

community engagement,
historical research, teacher

Heinzen Media

4D/object theaters

Drummin Hands Design

design, technology, smart questions


E.B. Lewis



Aurora Consulting

audience research, community engagement

Contact Amplifier


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