VolunteerHub Helps Holocaust Museum Houston Increase Volunteers by 478%

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Holocaust Museum Houston needed a volunteer management solution to help them recruit, engage, and manage volunteers, following expansion. VolunteerHub provided the features the organization needed and helped increase active volunteers by 478%.

Content Strategy for Digital Collections: Archives, Libraries, and Museums

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Museums, archives, and libraries share many goals and functions. The items that museums, archives, and libraries collect reflect the human spirit. Art, artifacts, books, and manuscripts are all documents of human innovation, thinking, and activity.


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Why do we keep working in museums?

Museum 2.0

TL;DR A lot of really shitty people hate museums and hate that museums would even attempt social justice therefore museums are okay, maybe. It is well documented that most jobs in museums pay poorly. Many museums perpetuate violence against marginalized people everyday.

The Activity Level Discussion in Museums: Is a Role Marketplace an Answer?

Museum 2.0

Now, not all of you will get to spend every other week for months chatting with Rob about museums, but I wanted to offer you a slice of how wonderful that can be. This week Rob will share some ideas about museum work. The Activity Level Discussion in Museums: Is a Role Marketplace an Answer? Weisberg Activity level is a problem for museum staff. A marketplace of museum roles is worth a look. People make museums.

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International Museum Day 2020: Tips To Engage Supporters

Connection Cafe

Monday, May 18th is International Museum Day , the mission of which is to raise awareness of the fact that, “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”.

Injustice In Science [Museums]

Museum 2.0

Nina Simon, Lauren Bentua, and many others would host us in the halls of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art. One of the ways I have thought about this in my own life (as a person of color) is “how do I thrive in a system I am actively trying to overthrow”, it seems counterintuitive. Science museums are a forum and a space for communities to tackle issues that are important to them- climate change, poverty, food insecurity, air and water quality.

How the Currier Museum of Art Prepared for Its Reopening

Connection Cafe

After our complete closure on March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19 , our museum staff was busier than ever preparing to navigate these uncharted times. Carey Cahoon is the Database Administrator and Strategist at the Currier Museum of Art, overseeing and providing staff support for Altru.

Activating the Millennial Generation

Connection Cafe

Thankfully, thousands of movements are successfully activating Millennial cause enthusiasts, converting them into donors , volunteers and outspoken advocates for a cause. MCON is an annual event that highlights these movements and proves how the Millennial generation is actively shaping our communities and world. MCON 2015 is happening June 24-25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

A Decade of Museums and Museum Work

Museum 2.0

I was thinking I’d do a few alternative histories of museums for the first post of the last month of the decade. As I imagined a world without the many museum tech projects of the decade, I felt inherently sad about the imagining away the successes that friends and colleagues have enjoying. As I imagined a world without Nina Simon ’s Participatory Museum , I felt sad about all the visitors whose voices (and post-it note comments) weren’t honored.

This is What the Participatory Museum Sounds Like

Museum 2.0

The activity is clear and well-scaffolded. It invites visitors to make the museum better. When visitors share their brilliance, it brings the museum to life. I believe that every person who walks into our museum has something valuable to share. This is the participatory museum, played out loud. creative placemaking Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent visitorsIt's late in the afternoon.

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Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk

Museum 2.0

It gave me a chance to really think about how we have been opening up our museum and what it means for our community. Museums can be incredible catalysts for social change. We can change that by embracing participatory culture and opening up to the active, social ways that people engage with art, history, science, and ideas today. We're doing it in Santa Cruz and it has absolutely transformed our museum into a thriving community institution.

The Event-Driven Museum?

Museum 2.0

This is the casual attendance data from my first full month as the Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. This graph is making me change the way I think about what our museum is for and how we should market it. First Friday is not just a Museum event; it happens all over Santa Cruz and has grown tremendously over the past few years. More people come to the event who don't casually visit the museum than the other way around.

Self Care in the Museum Workplace

Connection Cafe

The following post was originally published on the Center for the Future of Museums blog. On Wednesday, August 8, over 300 museum professionals joined CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Seema Rao, principal of Brilliant Idea Studio , to explore self-care in the museum workplace. Seema) In some museum work places, the culture of stress is tied to perceived effort, as you mention. Q: Do you know any museums that have implemented telecommuting successfully?

4 Ways AI is the Next Big Game-Changer in Museum Membership & Attendance

Connection Cafe

Museums and nonprofits can also reap huge benefits from employing artificial intelligence, particularly in their membership and development departments. Here are 4 ways AI can help museums and nonprofits deepen member engagement, increase attendance, more effectively communicate with donors, and drive revenue: Boost Your Staff’s Productivity. Top-notch donor cultivation depends on consistent activity, customized communications, and an excellent strategy.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

Museum 2.0

Recently, we''ve been talking at our museum about techniques for capturing compelling audio/video content with visitors. It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. We ended up with a gallery in the museum instead. The other parts of the gallery are for experiencing the stories, and for connecting with the Museum collection. interview Museums Engaging in 2.0

Year Three as a Museum Director. Thrived.

Museum 2.0

I''ve now been the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for three years. We talk a lot at our museum about empowering our visitors, collaborators, interns, and staff by making space for them to shine. I''ve never worked in such a supportive, energized, active environment. A donor walked into the museum a few weeks ago, someone who supported me from day one, and she asked me, "why is this lobby still so cold and uninviting?"

On White Privilege and Museums

Museum 2.0

I write this piece in good faith about the organizations I know best: museums. The vast majority of American museums are institutions of white privilege. The popular reference point for what a museum is--a temple for contemplation--is based on a Euro-centric set of myths and implies a white set of behaviors. Three quick lenses on Whiteness and privilege in museums: Whiteness is in the language we use to describe the objects that we show and the programs we produce.

Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity

Museum 2.0

Stacey has been collaborating with local artists to produce a series of content-rich events that invite visitors to participate in a range of hands-on activities. Instead, Stacey thought, why not make the feedback experience an activity unto itself? While I'm sure it repelled some introverts, the performative aspect of this activity encouraged many participants to thoughtfully construct and present their thoughts. Maybe this is good fodder for a future Museum 2.0

The Event-Driven Museum, One Year Later

Museum 2.0

A year ago, I wrote a post speculating about whether events (institutionally-produced programs) might be a primary driver for people to attend museums, with exhibitions being secondary. Now, a year later, I've seen the beginnings of how that question has borne out at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) , as well as hearing from folks around the museum industry about the interplay of exhibitions and events at their own institutions.

Tagging in Museums #blowinguppersonal #notwhatweplanned

Museum 2.0

Here are a few of the hashtags I''ve seen applied to photographs of museum objects on Instagram lately: #heytherebigfella #biggysmallistheillest #forbrightfuture #myfavorite #instagood #bestday #withmyhomies #whatever #learnedfromthebest #revolutionary #nowicandie These tags all do a great job capturing the magic of exploring a museum. They position museums as social starting points, experiences worth sharing, braggable moments.

Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

Writing my masters thesis for Gothenburg University’s International Museum Studies program while also working four days a week as the Director of Community Programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History this spring was certainly a challenge but also an incredible opportunity. I chose to focus my thesis on Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs. This can be accomplished through a variety of feedback methods conducted both inside and outside the museum.

How Can a Museum Best Protect Its Assets?

Tech Soup Blog

In this age of increasing hacks and cybercrime, the Norman Rockwell Museum has a lot of digital assets, museum operations data, and private patron data that need to be protected. Find out why Frank Kennedy, IT manager at the Rockwell museum, chose Veritas Backup Exec to be a key part of the museum's security strategy. About the Museum. The museum now has 140,000 annual visitors, and 220,000 people view its traveling exhibitions each year.

Pranksters in the Museum

Museum 2.0

Two recent events have got me thinking about pranks and unauthorized activities in museums. Improv Everywhere staged an event at the Metropolitan Museum in which an actor posing as King Philip IV of Spain signed autographs in front of his portrait, as painted by Diego Velazquez in the 1620s. In both cases, outsiders co-opted the museum for their own devices. Neither harmed the museums in question, though they both had questionable qualities.

Year One as a Museum Director. Survived!

Museum 2.0

Today is my one-year anniversary as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. A year ago, I put my consultant hat on the shelf and decided to jump into museum management (a sentence I NEVER would have imagined writing five years ago). It is, as Kathleen McLean puts it, “museum as prototype,” and it is exhilarating, thoughtful work for all of us. Museum of Art and History institutional change

Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nina has written a fantastic book engagement called The Participatory Museum. Most of my work involves museums, but these categories can be useful in any project that involves user participation. The Victoria & Albert Museum’s World Beach Project is a wonderful contributory project in which people around the world make artworks on beaches per institutional specifications and submit images of their work to a central website. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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Goodbye Consulting, Hello Museum of Art & History!

Museum 2.0

Dear Museum 2.0 As of May 2, I will be the executive director of the Museum of Art & History at McPherson Center in Santa Cruz, CA (here's the press release ). I am closing down my consulting business at the end of April, but the Museum 2.0 Because of the increased workload I expect in the months to come, as well as the likely possibility that we will start a Museum of Art & History blog, I'm lowering my Museum 2.0 Museum of Art and History

Dreaming of Perpetual Beta: Making Museums More Incremental

Museum 2.0

When I started this blog in 2006, I made a multi-media introduction to the concept of "museum 2.0" Venue as content platform instead of content provider: the museum becomes a stage on which professionals and amateurs can curate, interpret, and remix artifacts and information. Visitors' interactions allow them both to personalize their museum experiences and to engage with other visitors through their shared interests. The museum gets better the more people use it.

Gender Differences in Participation: The Pocket Museum Example

Museum 2.0

This morning, I checked in on the Pocket Museums on our museum's ground floor. After I took down all the "kick me" and "kick it" post-its covering the Pocket Museum title label in the men's room, I realized that this is the perfect example of an A-to-B test for gendered response to a participatory museum experience. The Pocket Museum activity could be more appropriate for women, many of whom carry bags or purses.

Breaking the Museum 2.0 Mold

Museum 2.0

I decided to give myself a gift this year: permission to change the Museum 2.0 I love the rigor of weekly blog posts because it forces me to keep up an important activity that helps me learn and grow. But I also know there is huge potential to improve Museum 2.0. Thanks for being part of the continued journey of Museum 2.0.Dear reader, Today is my birthday. I've been blogging weekly for almost nine years.

Want to Activate Public Space? We're Hiring. And Some Thoughts on Iteration and Temporary Positions

Museum 2.0

For the past two years, I''ve been working on a project to activate the concrete space adjacent to our museum as a vibrant, community plaza. We are hiring a temporary contract curator to activate the plaza this summer with 25+ cultural events. creative placemaking design Museum of Art and History programs public space After years of community town halls, design, and prototyping, we''re finally starting to build our dream. It''s an exciting, intense, educational time.

Using Social Media to Bring Museum Exhibits to Life


In order to sustain this type of impact tech savvy art museums, zoos, historical sites, botanical gardens and many other types of arts and cultural nonprofits understand that technology is key to sustaining their growth. As part of understanding the need for technology , the more than 17 thousand museums in the U.S. By using social media museums like the San Diego Zoo are able to help people around the world enjoy their incredible exhibits.

Year Five as a Museum Director: Good to Grow

Museum 2.0

Five years ago, I left the consulting world to take the helm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) at a time of crisis and change. We have spent the past three years planning and raising money for a project to build a creative town square for our city on the front porch of the museum. Abbott Square will include free outdoor public seating, a public food market, and several areas for free art and cultural activities.

New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

Museum 2.0

But not enough people care about it anymore, and the museum is fading into disrepair. The Silk Mill is part of the Derby Museums , a public institution of art, history, and natural history. Many people would look at the world''s oldest mechanized silk mill and say that the core content of the museum is silk. In the fall of 2013, they launched Re:Make , an ambitious project to redevelop the museum, live, on the floor, with a mix of staff, guest artists, and community members.

Making Museum Tours Participatory: A Model from the Wing Luke Asian Museum

Museum 2.0

Last week, I visited the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. I've long admired this museum for its all-encompassing commitment to community co-creation , and the visit was a kind of pilgrimage to their new site (opened in 2008). I'm always a bit nervous when I visit a museum I love from afar. The new building was designed to meet neighborhood needs--not just in the content covered, but in the inclusion of spaces made for particular kinds of activities sought by locals (i.e.

3 Lessons from Museums Advocacy Day

Connection Cafe

At the end of February, I attended the first of (what I hope will be) many Museums Advocacy Days (MAD) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. There was something magical about the combination of something I love – museums – with something that scares me: US politics. The two-day MAD activities started with a day full of sessions designed to unite and rally the 300+ advocates around the issues at hand. around something I’ve suspected for a long time: everyone loves museums.

Pinterest for Program Planning (And Other Ways this Museum Uses Free Tools)


Without any official IT roles on this small staff, MAH takes advantage of free online tools to manage information and programs internally, and to curate museum activities and art for their community. At the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center (MAH) in Santa Cruz, California, community engagement is central to both mission and vision: to create a thriving gathering place for Santa.

Museums and Flickr

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

online exhibit developed by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and Ideum. I picked up the phone and got a hold of Jim Spadaccini, founder of Ideum, whose blog post I discovered via a discussion thread on flickr and museums on the museum technology list. website with The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology we???ve activity works in similar way: pulling out John Collier Jr???s Nina Simon from the Museums and Web2.0

How Different Types of Museums Approach Participation

Museum 2.0

Recently, I was giving a presentation about participatory techniques at an art museum, when a staff member raised her hand and asked, "Did you have to look really hard to find examples from art museums? Aren't art museums less open to participation than other kinds of museums?" In my travels and research, I've seen all kinds of museums be incredibly successful--and incredibly uncomfortable--with visitor participation. Projects participatory museum

Guest Post by Seema Rao: How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression

Museum 2.0

Like Seema, I've been looking for ways to increase active resistance of racism, hate, and bigotry--both as an individual and as the leader of a museum. Seema and I have started an open google doc to assemble ideas for specific things museums and museum professionals can do to resist oppression. I had the extreme pleasure of being part of this year’s MuseumCamp hosted by Nina Simon at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Museums are ideas.

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Guest Post: A Shared Ethics for Museum Internships

Museum 2.0

Is your museum running on interns? It is a strong, museum-focused complement to an excellent three-parter on Createquity about the ethics and future of unpaid arts internships. I got my first real job in a museum (at the Guggenheim) after a life-changing internship. Issues of class and economic status haunt the museum internship. As an Associate Manager of Education, I coordinated internships at the Guggenheim museum for four years before I headed back to academia.

Guest Post: A New Role for Science Museums--Playground for Scientists

Museum 2.0

One of the greatest gifts of my babymoon is the opportunity to share the Museum 2.0 First up is Beck Tench, a "simplifier, illustrator, story teller, and technologist" working at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC. As a person who works for a science museum, I work in an environment that supports play. But at my museum , the support doesn''t stop at our visitors. And my museum, and this new model, as a space for them to do so.

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Joint Statement from Museum Bloggers and Colleagues on Ferguson and Related Events

Museum 2.0

Gretchen Jennings convened a group of bloggers and colleagues online to develop a statement about museums'' responsibilities and opportunities in response to the events in Ferguson, Cleveland and Staten Island. Museums are a part of this educational and cultural network. Where do museums fit in? Some might say that only museums with specific African American collections have a role, or perhaps only museums situated in the communities where these events have occurred.

What Does a Great Distributed Digital Museum Experience Look Like?

Museum 2.0

Museum technology nerds: this post is for you. I've been thinking recently about distributed content experiences--ways for people to interact with museum content (art, history, science, etc.) as they make their way through the world outside the museum. At the museum? While museums may cultivate curiosity, they rarely offer sufficiently clear, urgent use cases to encourage you to go through the drudgery of downloading an app.