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. blends sculpture, repetition, and ritual performance in a political statement about the genocide of animals in factory farms. It also complicates the question of what is acceptable in a museum. But art museums are coming back from the dead.

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. Here''s what I got out of Hack the Museum Camp. People talked about the camp as Project Runway for museums. Those are risky decisions in the broader museum context.

Boosting Your Association's Revenue with Attractive Microcopy

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Have you ever been to a restaurant, museum or shopping mall and needed to use the bathroom? We particularly appreciate search bar suggestions, like how Spotify invites users to search not only a song title but an artist or a podcast too.

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

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Like a lot of organizations, my museum struggles with two conflicting goals: The museum should be for everyone in our community. At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History , we''re approaching this challenge through a different lens: social bridging. Visitors now spontaneously volunteer that "meeting new people" and "being part of a bigger community" are two of the things they love most about the museum experience. Museum of Art and History programs social bridgin

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17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory

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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 experimented with many different forms of visitor participation throughout the building, trying to balance social and individual, text-based and artistic, cerebral and silly. So many museum exhibitions relegate the participatory bits in at the end.

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

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Useful designations of four broad goals for active participation (page 14): Participation in Service of a Community Need or Societal Goal Participation in Support of, or as a Complement to, Artistic Vision Participation in Service of an Artistic Process or Product Participation as the Fundamental Goal What's challenging about the report is how many different frameworks it presents. participatory museum usercontent business models

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. The World Beach Project does not exist in the V&A Museum. It doesn't involve visitors coming to the museum at all. Maybe that's where all great museum experiences live.

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. I grew up professionally in the science and children's museum field, where touching is guaranteed and floor staff spend more time helping visitors learn and ensuring their personal safety than they do protecting the objects. Art, however, does not come to museums pre-hardened.

Thou Shall Not Paint the Concrete: Guest Revelations by Don Hughes

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I started my museum career as an exhibit designer. But I reserve for Don Hughes that particular blend of admiration and fear that comes when encountering uncompromised brilliance. He is a genius designer out of central casting: an artist, mercurial, funny, emphatic, honest, unflinching, with a disarming weakness for babies. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a giant in our field, just as Don himself is a giant in the world of museum design.

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? He made a comment on Michael Kaiser's fairly formulaic "great artists lead the nation" post, laying bare the banality of most of the language used to describe and present art experiences to the public.

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. They reminded me of street vendors or great science museum cart educators, imparting an energy to the space without overwhelming it. This is a good lesson for museum talk-back design. Tags: evaluation exhibition design participatory museum usercontent

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

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Last Friday, I witnessed something beautiful at my museum. At the adjacent table, my colleague Stacey Garcia was meeting with a local artist, Kyle Lane-McKinley, to talk about an upcoming project. I've been documenting lots of small bridging incidents at our museum over the past few months. I don't know what formed the bridge between the artists and the teens in this circumstance. At museums, we mostly bond with the friends and family with whom we attend.

50 Silent Auction Basket Ideas to Bring In the Big Bids


Coffee lovers will jump at the chance to try new coffee blends or brewing methods for their morning, afternoon, or evening cup of joe. Silent auctions are a great way to fundraise and encourage donors to get involved with nonprofits.

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