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Is it OK to Smash That? The Complications of Living Art Museums

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The man is artist Rocky Lewycky , whose work is part of a group show of visual artists who have won a prestigious regional fellowship. blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance in a political statement about the genocide of animals in factory farms. If an artist can come into a museum and smash stuff, what does that tell visitors? If visitors can smash stuff when anointed to do so by an artist, but not otherwise, how do they understand that action?

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Lead or Follow: Arts Administrators Hash it Out

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Last week, Douglas McLellan of artsJournal ran a multi-vocal forum on the relationship between arts organizations and audiences, asking: In this age of self expression and information overload, do our artists and arts organizations need to lead more or learn to follow their communities more? Sixteen arts administrators, journalists, and researchers weighed in on the question over a series of posts.

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Getting in on the Act: New Report on Participatory Arts Engagement

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Last month, the Irvine Foundation put out a new report, Getting In On the Act , about participatory arts practice and new frameworks for audience engagement. Authors Alan Brown and Jennifer Novak-Leonard pack a lot into 40 pages--an argument for the rise of active arts engagement, a framework for thinking about ways to actively involve audiences, and lots of case studies. Excellent case studies, especially from the performing arts sector.

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The Value of a Forum One Summer Internship

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This year, we were happy to continue our partnership with the Posse Foundation to recruit from a diverse group of talented students.Over the past two months, they seamlessly blended into the Forum One team and gained valuable hands-on experience along the way.

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Using Social Bridging to Be "For Everyone" in a New Way

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At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History , we''re approaching this challenge through a different lens: social bridging. We''ve seen surprising and powerful results--visitors from different backgrounds getting to know each other, homeless people and museum volunteers working together, artists from different worlds building new collaborative projects. Family Art Workshops" suffer from anemic participation whereas multi-generational festivals are overrun with families.

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Think Like a (Real Estate) Developer: Introducing Abbott Square, Part 9

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This is the ninth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. Working with creative people taught me to think like an artist: observe, explore, dive in, look out. FLEXIBLE OPTIMISM + HARD CRITERIA Real estate developers blend optimism and flexibility with clear-eyed assessment of what external conditions make a project go.

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17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory

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It made me think in ways that I haven't before about the relation of art--as expressive culture--to democracy. Helene Moglen, professor of literature, UCSC After a year of tinkering, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is now showing an exhibition, All You Need is Love , that embodies our new direction as an institution. We invited a private art school to fill a very public wall with paintings made by students in response to the question, "How would you depict love?"

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50 Silent Auction Basket Ideas to Bring In the Big Bids

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Coffee lovers will jump at the chance to try new coffee blends or brewing methods for their morning, afternoon, or evening cup of joe. If there are candy-making classes in your area, a gift certificate will come in handy for beginners looking to master the art of sugar confections.

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Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

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Wandering Down the "Don't Touch" Line

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Art, however, does not come to museums pre-hardened. At the museum of art and history where I work, we are grappling with the question of how to help people enjoy themselves while keeping the art and artifacts safe. The level of touching, especially of art, has increased. While it's great that people feel comfortable here, it's not great that they are (presumably unwittingly) endangering the art. Engagement with local artists.

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The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines

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The World Beach Project is managed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with artist-in-residence Sue Lawty. It launched in October of 2007 with a very simple and understandable idea: to produce a global map of pieces of art made with stones on beaches. The act of making art, and the recognition on a simple website, are the only rewards. Many museums do not provide participants with clear terms surrounding their submissions, and for savvy people (especially artists!)

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Building Community Bridges: A "So What" Behind Social Participation

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At the adjacent table, my colleague Stacey Garcia was meeting with a local artist, Kyle Lane-McKinley, to talk about an upcoming project. I don't know what formed the bridge between the artists and the teens in this circumstance. We tailor the programming blend to diverse ages, making sure no activity is just for kids or adults, no matter how much glue or fire is involved. Last Friday, I witnessed something beautiful at my museum.

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Advice: An Exhibition about Talking to Strangers

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Facilitated/Unfacilitated Blend When we started this course, I really pushed the students to think about ways to induce unfacilitated interactions among strangers. In Praise of the Post-It There's lots of post-it-powered art on the web these days (like this and this ). The previous exhibit in this space was a very provocative art exhibit about sexual violence, and yet in our brief site survey in April we saw almost no one stop to look at the art.

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