Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

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What happens when a formal art museum invites a group of collaborative, participatory artists to be in residence for a year? Will the artists ruin the museum with their plant vacations and coatroom concerts? Will the bureaucracy of the institution drown the artists in red tape?

Tech nonprofit AIM finds a fit with a crowdfunding operation for artists -

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Tech nonprofit AIM finds a fit with a crowdfunding operation for artists - : The crowdfunding site that supported her book about her family''s experience with Alzheimer''s disease has now been acquired by an Omaha organization that expects to expand its influence nationwide.

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Yes, Kickstarter raises more money for artists than the NEA. Here’s why that’s not really surprising

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Yes, Kickstarter raises more money for artists than the NEA. Here’s why that’s not really surprising : During a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson asked Perry Chen, founder of Kickstarter, whether it was true that Kickstarter now funds more arts-related projects than the National Endowment for the Arts. The crowdfunding site has, Chen told Isaacson, funded over $600 million in arts projects.

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Favianna Rodriguez: Political Digital Artist and Printmaker

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I think about how hesitant I was to become an artist, because I didn't see role models, and even to this day how hard it is for me sometimes to find peers who are women of color, because of how systematically they are pushed out. I'm an artist and an institution builder.

Guest Post by Rebecca Krause: How Can Artists Inspire Service in Community?

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  I worked for the New York Foundation for the Arts for 12 years on a range of arts and technology programs, including a network for artists called Arts Wire.   There were artists who had studio spaces in the buildings - lives were lost as well as complete life's work.

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Artists Communities and artsblogs

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By way of Greg Beuthin at ext.311 some interesting arts and technology links: Plone for Artists. By the way, Arts Wire was the original artist online network. Launched in the early 1990s using a text-based conferencing system (think the Well for artists), it didn't quite make it. As one of the staff members of that project for many years, I'm delighted to see these virtual artists communities continue to survive and thrive.

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects.

What Happens When a Viral Participatory Project is Too Successful? Diagnosing the Power of the Love Locks

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And so, one of the most successful, accidental, and fraught participatory projects of the past decade comes to an end. The "love locks" are not a project with an institutional or artistic director. creative placemaking design public space Unusual Projects and Influences

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

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It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. The project arose from a grant announcement from MetLife Foundation around community engagement and outreach.

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The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

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This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value. But the best participatory projects don't suffer from this problem, because they solicit visitors' contributions toward a very specific outcome. The project is designed to scale.

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The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines

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Today, a look at one of the projects I believe does this best--the World Beach Project. 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.

Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

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Both an installation artist and photographer, Naomi was the founder and director of The Cradle Project , a large scale installation calling attention and raising funds for the 48 million children orphaned in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

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By working your network and projecting your values, you can get people excited about your campaign and grow the volunteer base that you need. This can include activists, religious leaders, artists, and philanthropists — anyone with a network and a vested interest in your community.

Have Fun Do Good Link Love: Artists and Social Media, Be Bold Podcast, Miss Do-Gooder T-shirts and More!

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NEWS I'm speaking about how artists can use social media to market their business next week, August 8th, at Artists Building their Business in Santa Fe, NM. The event is free, but limited to 250 artists. Hi Have Fun * Do Gooders!

Faith Ringgold: 30 Years of Art-Making and Activism and Video Clip on Women Artists

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Click here to listen to a very brief interview Over the weekend, I attended the Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh where artist and activist Faith Ringgold was one of the keynote speakers.

Be a Producer! Networking the Arts and Project Development

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Here is a cool example of the networked culture connecting art supporters and artists. They also seem to have jumped on some great projects from the launch. . . Screen clipping taken: 11/4/2009, 4:23 PM

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What Could Kill an Elegant, High-Value Participatory Project?

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It's my "artistic rendering" of one of the most inspirational participatory projects I know of--the Bibliotheek Haarlem Oost book drops. Read the original post on this project for more info. You can't innovate by capital projects and brilliant ideas alone.

Young Caucasus Women Project

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Britt Bravo and I have the pleasure of being the blogging mentors this week on the Young Caucasus Women Project. Our assignment was to write an essay on the topic of "Who's your favorite artist (visual, dancer, performer, writer, or musician) and why?" " Here are our posts: Britt Bravo: Art for Social Change Beth Kanter: Are You An Artist too? Here's the posts - read and comment: Leyla has a hard time choosing one favorite artist.

Authenticity and Demystifying the Artistic Process: Walker Art Center Blogs - Part 2

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And, for a museum that is presenting contemporary art -- anything that helps us demystify the artistic process and better understand the art is, in my opinion, a good thing. The best metaphor for the Walker New Media blog is a fish bowl.

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance

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There are so many different projects and campaigns you’re currently working on from humanitarian aid to education to medical aid. If I had to pick one I would say the Maia project, Maia means water in Arabic, and according to a UN report 97% of the water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption. So this project, like most of our others, came from people on the ground. It was actually from students at a school in Gaza who met with our Director of Gaza Projects.

Voting on Art and its Surprising Consequences

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Let's look at the statistics from three big participatory projects that wrapped up recently. This citywide festival showcased work by 1,517 artists competing for a $200,000 top cash prize awarded by public vote. 1,708 artists participated.

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Guest Post: Restoration Artwork

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In this post, George grapples with the challenges of balancing the care for a museum collection with that of contemporary artists-in-residence who are constantly reinterpreting it. This past July, artist Guillermo Gómez proposed to restore a piece of art.

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Visualizing the Tate's Collection: What Open Data Makes Possible

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Detail on distribution of artworks in the Tate collection by birthdate of artists, visualized by Florian Krautli. Last month, the Tate joined the party when they opened up their collection database to the world on GitHub, a website where programmers collaborate on projects.

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OdysseyWorks: An Empathy-Based Approach to Making Art

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When I first heard about OdysseyWorks, I thought their projects were indulgent novelties. OdysseyWorks' projects get to the heart of the fiercest debates in the arts today. He spoke of the audience as providing a challenge, a challenge like any other artistic constraint.

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Ze Frank Takes Over (My) Museum

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That's how I felt when artist Ze Frank got in touch to talk about a potential museum exhibition to explore a physical site/substantiation for his current online video project, A Show (s ee minute 2:20, above). And to cut to the end of the story first, yes, we are creating a project together, yes, you can participate, and yes to whatever other questions this brings up in your head. This project excites me for a number of reasons: Our values are aligned.

Press Here: Breaking the Fourth Wall in Children's Books. and Museums?

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They recall other artistic work that breaks fourth walls--classically in theater, and more recently in new media projects. And I think of brilliant people in other mediums--authors like Herve Tullet, artists like Ze Frank--who are breaking walls we didn''t even know existed.

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MuseumCamp 2014: Experiments in Social Impact Assessment

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MuseumCamp is an annual professional development event at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in which teams of diverse, creative people work on quick and dirty projects on a big theme. We encouraged teams to think like artists, not researchers. You run a program.

Thinking about User Participation in Terms of Negotiated Agency

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Negotiation" implies a respectful relationship between institution (or artist) and user. Sometimes the negotiation can be exploited for artistic means. The theater is dark and the artist breaks the fourth wall and asks for conversation.

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ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine

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This project is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Bloomberg Connects program. I’ve been particularly interested in ASK, the mobile app component of the project. We spent a year pilot-testing directly with visitors to develop the ASK project concept.

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Looking for Inspiring Examples from Unlikely Suspects? Check These Out.

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Below are two excellent e-books put out by the National Arts Marketing Project, one on artistic interventions in uncommon places , and one on taking a leap of faith with "weird" programming. creative placemaking institutional change Unusual Projects and Influences

I'm a mentor for the Young Caucasus Women's Project!

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I'm mentor for a blog project for young women from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia entitled YoungCaucasusWomen. Here's the project description from the site: Recruited from current FLEX. s your favorite artist (visual, dancer, performer or musician) and why???? Through introducing ourselves to other mentors in the this project virtually, Britt and I discovered that we had a lot more in common than nonprofit technology and blogher interests.

What I Learned from Beck (the rock star) about Participatory Arts

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There are many artistic projects that offer a template for participation, whether a printed play, an orchestral score, or a visual artwork that involves an instructional set (from community murals to Sol LeWitt). Technology Tools Worth Checking Out Unusual Projects and Influences

Can Public Art Increase Civic Participation?

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Here’s My Chance (HMC), a creative agency that works exclusively with nonprofits and socially responsible businesses, produced the project. Over the course of our 24-week voter engagement campaign, NSD hired 60 artists to create 60 “Vote Here/Vote Aqui” signs.

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Three Provocations from the West Coast of the Arts

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ON PROCESSING NEGATIVITY// Jon Moscone (Artistic Director of CalShakes and son of the late San Francisco mayor George Moscone) talked about thinking politically about how we respond to criticism and to praise. Jon implored us to think more like activists and less like artists. ON COLLABORATION// Michael Garces (Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater ) shared about a killer workshop that made him completely rethink how collaboration is supposed to work.

Want to Get Your Content Out There? Put it on Wikipedia.

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For example, for the Brooklyn Museum's recent exhibition on women and pop art, Seductive Subversion , curatorial intern Rebecca Shaykin was assigned to improve (and write) Wikipedia articles on the 25 artists profiled in the show. Projects

What's Your Vision?

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A cheerful curly-haired deli owner stands in front of 30 of us and shares a quote he loves: "Artists live in the present and write detailed histories of the future." You can write a vision for yourself, your organization, your project, or your team.

How to Get Engagement From Your Community


Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What’s made their projects succeed? I know, I know.

Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

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Our theory of change posits that when we develop projects that bridge “unexpected connections” between diverse people and ideas, people build understanding and social capital with community members from different cultures, generations, and backgrounds.

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Ancient Greece 2.0: Arts Participation before the Industrial Age

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They voted on the best plays in the days of Sophocles, stormed the symphony halls when confronted with artistic dischord, and talked and wrote about what they saw and what they thought. institutional change participatory museum Unusual Projects and Influences

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Six Alternative (U.S.) Cultural Venues to Keep an Eye On

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Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA). Machine Project is a non-profit storefront arts venue that hosts a dizzying array of eclectic classes, workshops, events, and occasional exhibits. It's run by Jon Rubin, an artist and professor of social practice at Carnegie Mellon, and his students.

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?

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Guest Post: A New Role for Science Museums--Playground for Scientists

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In this post, she writes about Experimonth, an intriguing set of crowd-sourced projects that connect scientists with research participants in surprising ways. The project blew away our expectations. game guestpost participatory museum Unusual Projects and Influences

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

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The program is an experimental playground that bridges artists, students, chefs, comedians, hairdressers, bartenders, dancers, wrestlers and even tattoo artists to produce a community-led event. Artists from different worlds, brought together through Street Art Night.

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