Happy Thanksgiving!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There was a lot of turkey art work in our house this week! Harry performed a song called "Albuquerque Turkey" which is about having a turkey for a pet, not Thanksgiving dinner. If you're getting a hankering to draw one, here's a useful guide. Download drawturkey.pdf. Here's the video. Download turkey.wmv.

Bookshare Creates Opportunities For Gifted Students

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Steffon Middleton and Jessica Pinto have both mastered the art of searching and downloading Bookshare’s accessible texts. Jessica, who is a junior at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, is a straight-A student and a member of the National Honor Society. I talk a lot about how technology can help create tremendous educational opportunities for students with print disabilities.

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And the 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Go To.

Tech Soup Blog

The shutter snappers at Keshet Dance Company based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico caught our judges' attention with their powerful slideshow titled "unlimited possibilities through dance," snapping up the first place prizes for best photo story. Voted the top video story by the community vote, here’s “The Light of the Heart” video by the Light of the Heart Community Art Therapy Project. We all have a story.

Happy New Year! Two Free Books! And Watermelon!

Museum 2.0

A quick top five list of amazing experiences in no particular order: ArtPrize , the democratic art festival in Grand Rapids that blew my mind Taiwan. Explora (Albuquerque, NM). Dear Museum 2.0 readers, 2010 was a big year for me. I published The Participatory Museum in March (with help from many of you!) and spent the rest of the year traveling to give workshops and presentations related to its content.

Launching the First Wave of the OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network

Museum 2.0

The First Wave includes 6 museums, 5 performing arts organizations, 3 public libraries, 3 parks, and 3 community centers. How do you build a movement for institutional change? That's the question we've been grappling with as we start the OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative. Our goal is to help civic and cultural institutions become more representative OF, co-created BY, and welcoming FOR their diverse communities.

Plants! Natural Materials! Review of Explora!, a Peaceful, Delightful Science Center

Museum 2.0

So imagine my delight to visit Explora in Albuquerque. There were also beautiful art/science posters on most walls around the science center. Note: This post was also published as a review on ExhibitFiles here. I love science centers. My first jobs were in science and children's museums. Where other adults cringe at the noise and insanity of your average whizzing, banging, zooming center, I (usually) revel in it. But science centers also frustrate me.

Content from AAM: Virtual Worlds and Eye on Design slides (and more)

Museum 2.0

Another woman talked about how the use of visitor-manipulated art (in her case, blocks of clay) transformed a quiet university museum space into an active, social opportunity for creative expression and exploration. My more complete thoughts and reactions to the AAM (American Association of Museums) conference are forthcoming in a longer post soon. Today, I want to share slide presentations and interviews you might be seeking related to the sessions I chaired this week.