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

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Every day for the past two months, a man has entered the largest gallery in my museum. The man is artist Rocky Lewycky , whose work is part of a group show of visual artists who have won a prestigious regional fellowship. It also complicates the question of what is acceptable in a museum. This is not a crime. Absolutely.

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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? Here are three of my favorites.

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Hack the Museum Camp Part 2: Making Magic, Reality TV, and Risk as a Red Herring

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Last week, my museum hosted Hack the Museum Camp , a 2.5 day adventure in which teams of adults--75 people, of whom about half are museum professionals, half creative folks of various stripes--developed an experimental exhibition around our permanent collection in our largest gallery.

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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. Here's what I think is really strong about the report: Coordinated, succinct research findings supporting the rise of active arts engagement.

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Wandering Down the "Don't Touch" Line

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How do you help visitors know what they can and cannot do in your museum? Most museums have this figured out: they have signs, they have guards, they have cases over the objects. And this works pretty well in science museums, where designers talk about "hardening" exhibits to withstand the more aggressive touchers among us.

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The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines

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There are lots of museums (and organizations of all kinds) looking for ways to inspire users and visitors to produce their own content and share it with the institution online. The World Beach Project is managed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with artist-in-residence Sue Lawty. It's not marketing hype.

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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.

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