Happy New Year! Two Free Books! And Watermelon!

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Dear Museum 2.0 I published The Participatory Museum in March (with help from many of you!) While I did learn a ton from my experiences, especially in far-flung places and small museums, it was also exhausting. Thank you so much for hosting me, picking me up at airports, taking me to karaoke bars, showing me secret parts of your museums, helping me find vegetarian food, and sharing your ideas, dreams, and schemes for the future. Explora (Albuquerque, NM).

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

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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.

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

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My more complete thoughts and reactions to the AAM (American Association of Museums) conference are forthcoming in a longer post soon. First, Charting New Territory in Virtual Worlds , which featured Paul Sparrow ( Newseum ), David Klevan ( US Holocaust Memorial Museum ), Chris Lawrence ( NY Hall of Science ), and Nora McCartney (NY Hall of Science). Today, I want to share slide presentations and interviews you might be seeking related to the sessions I chaired this week.

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

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My first jobs were in science and children's museums. So imagine my delight to visit Explora in Albuquerque. Many of the exhibits are facilitated (there are 11 paid floor staff plus volunteers in the museum at most times). Why doesn't every museum have plants everywhere? There are the kinds of posters I'm used to seeing in staff areas of science museums--not so much on the museum floor. Note: This post was also published as a review on ExhibitFiles here.