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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. Family Art Workshops" suffer from anemic participation whereas multi-generational festivals are overrun with families. Single-speaker lectures languish while lightning talks featuring teen photographers, phD anthropologists, and professional dancers are packed. Museum of Art and History programs social bridging

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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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12 Ways We Made our Santa Cruz Collects Exhibition Participatory

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In the spirit of a popular post written earlier this year , I want to share the behind the scenes on our current almost-museumwide exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz Collects. Because we wanted a really clean design and a personal feel, we interviewed all the collectors to capture their stories, creating labels that blended their first-person quotes with our curatorial commentary about the "why" behind their collecting.

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Museum 2.0 Rerun: What Does it Really Mean to Serve "Underserved" Audiences?

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This post is even more relevant today to the broader conversation about audience diversity in the arts than when it was published three years ago. Guards staring at black teens and grumbling about their clothes. Diane told me several stories about teens who came in thinking of themselves as dumb but changed their perspective as their confidence grew in two areas they associated with intelligence--knowing science and being able to teach.

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

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A group in their late teens/early 20s were wandering through the museumwide exhibition on love. When I walked by the first time, the teens were collaging and Kyle and Stacey were talking. 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.

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14 Top Nonprofit Websites to Inspire Your Organization

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Let’s walk through a selection of unique nonprofit websites that not only incorporate these elements but go above and beyond to impress visitors and inspire donations: Interlochen Center for the Arts. Top Nonprofit Website: Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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New Models for Community Partnerships: Museums Hosting Meetups

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On 8.16.08, the Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, CA) hosted FreelanceCamp, a free unconference that brought 150 designers and techies from the south bay area together to talk shop. This art and history museum, despite having a great downtown location and some pretty excellent art, appears not to attract the software programmers and landscape architects of Santa Cruz. I've long believed that museums have a special opportunity to support the community spirit of Web 2.0

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