Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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While we’re still calculating how much of that total cultural organizations raised, here are some campaigns that stood out: . Taking a different approach, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, partnered with a local couple who are matching donations dollar for do llar up to $25,000 given before December 31. . The results are in – and this year was the biggest # GivingTuesday yet!

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

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You gravitated toward the museum, zoo, gallery, symphony, cultural management organization because of your roots. Maybe think about activities you could support that would offer parents a place for their kids to go and learn, like a movie series, art classes, or a small-scale concert. Instead of an event, create a little scavenger hunt for kids to complete as they walk through your historic mansion or art museum, to make it fun for kids to explore and learn.

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Finding Data Management Solutions for Arts and Culture Organizations


Arts and culture organizations such as media companies, magazines, public radio stations, museums, theaters, and arts advocates have unique needs when it comes to data management. Database and CRM systems for arts and cultural organizations should offer the capability for several key tasks: 1. Keep your work funded Exposure to arts and culture educates, builds community, broadens horizons, and enriches lives. CRM arts and culture

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Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

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Almost every arts organization would say that audience development is vital to their long term viability. Arts and cultural organizations are left wondering: Who should we focus on because they have the potential to become long-term patrons? How can we cultivate patrons to maximize support without any giving history? Fortunately, there is a way to help you target your marketing and arts fundraising resources and begin fostering relationships with potential donors.

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Goodbye Consulting, Hello Museum of Art & History!

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As of May 2, I will be the executive director of the Museum of Art & History at McPherson Center in Santa Cruz, CA (here's the press release ). Because of the increased workload I expect in the months to come, as well as the likely possibility that we will start a Museum of Art & History blog, I'm lowering my Museum 2.0 And then I started learning about the situation at the Museum of Art & History (MAH) in downtown Santa Cruz. Dear Museum 2.0

5 Steps to Content Marketing Success for Arts and Cultural Nonprofits

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How can arts and cultural organizations start leveraging content marketing? There are 5 steps to start a content marketing program at your arts and cultural organization. This is one of the places where arts and cultural organizations have an advantage because they have ticket sales data. Look at your purchase history and see if there are any trends. Arts and cultural organizations have an unfair advantage when it comes to content creation.

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Embracing the Rush: Preparing for the Arts and Cultural Busy Seasons

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Last week Ginny Fitzgerald, the Director of Visitor Services and Membership at Chicago History Museum, joined us to host a webinar about how she prepares her team for peak attendance times. Chicago History Museum defines their summer season as June 1 through August 31. Chicago History Museum has found that getting out of the building is a low cost way to increase engagement, and the city is their premier artifact! Membership Arts & Cultural fundraising ideas

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Building a Culture of Experimentation

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I’m starting to really appreciate the difference between being an individual agent and creating a culture of agency. And increasingly, what I’m trying to enable is a culture of experimentation. We often talk about “change” or “innovation” as the goal for our institutions, but I’d argue that building a culture of experimentation is more important than building a culture of change. What does a culture of experimentation look like?

Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding

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Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding : Smarthistory at Khan Academy is used by museum visitors, independent learners, professors, teachers and their students. There are nearly 600 short-form art history videos created from conversations recorded on-site (in urban spaces, archeological sites, museums, churches and mosques), as well as hundreds of essays on art and art history.

Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

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Earlier this fall, I read this headline: "Stanford study: Participation in a cultural activity may reduce prejudice." When the music video was focused on Mexican culture, the researchers found that the white and Asian participants demonstrated a decrease in prejudice against Latinos, both immediately after the activity and six months later. When the music video was not focused on Mexican culture, no such change occurred.

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What's More Inclusive: Food or Art? Introducing Abbott Square, Part 10

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This is the tenth 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. To many people, an art museum is a more potent symbol of exclusivity and elitism than a hipster coffeeshop or a poke bar. In some communities’ eyes , art is a bigger gentrification concern than food. But I'm not willing to give the MAH or any art institution a pass in this attentiveness.

Quick Hit: My Work with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

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I've now been the Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz for two months. The Museum of Art & History is now in the hands of internationally known innovator Nina Simon, while the community eagerly awaits what happens next By WALLACE BAINE Posted: 06/30/2011 01:30:40 AM PDT Click photo to enlarge Museum of Art & History Director Nina Simon.

Breaking down the CARES Act:  How the New Stimulus Bill Could Provide Relief for Social Good Organizations

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history and includes several provisions helpful to the social good sector. National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities – $75 Million each. Arts & Cultural Faith Communities Foundations Healthcare Higher Education K-12 Schools Nonprofit Nonprofit Management CARES Act coronavirus COVID-19 public policyOn Friday, March 27, the House of Representatives and the President signed into law H.R.

Engagement Strategies to Turn Nonprofit Board Members into Ambassadors for Your Cause

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Plan for the meeting to last around 30 minutes and include a review of the organization’s history, mission, and board structure/requirements on the agenda. Organization history. Nonprofit Management ambassadors Arts & Cultural Arts & Culture board members board of directors engagement strategies nonprofit board nonprofit board of directorsEngaged board members are instrumental advocates and ambassadors for your nonprofit organization.

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A Guide for Planning Your #GivingTuesdayNow Campaign in 5 Days

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Utilize your data and analyze your giving history to better understand how your donors might support you. Arts & Cultural Faith Communities Foundations Healthcare Higher Education K-12 Schools Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Marketing #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesdayNow coronavirus COVID-19Now, more than ever, organizations need their communities to rally behind them.

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4 Important Membership Trends Every Museum Needs to Consider

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It’s not too late for museums and cultural organizations, but the longer you wait to introduce digital offerings to your members, the more you stand to lose. Read more about retaining members: 7 Ways for Arts & Cultural Organizations to Retain Members. There is growing competition for attention, dollars, and loyalty from today’s consumer, whether altruistic nonprofit devotee, environmental advocate, culture vulture, or none of the above.

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Are the Arts Habit-Forming?

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Imagine this situation: You go to an arts event, one of a type you rarely or never take part in. There's been a lot of innovation in arts programming in the last few years. In most cases the goal is the same: to attract new audiences and help them understand how the institution (and the arts experience) might fit into their lives. But I'm interested in a more basic question: what does it take for a person--a visitor/audience member--to form an art or museum habit?

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Apply Now for the World's Best Museum Job: Mine.

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It's time to make your dreams a reality and apply to become the next executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). Santa Cruz County is a open-hearted, generous community--a great place to be a cultural leader. It's a place where people strive to bridge cultural differences and fight for equity--even when it isn't easy. Santa Cruz County is full of natural beauty, iconoclastic history, and explosive creativity. Hey, you.

Which New Audiences? A Great Washington Post Article and its Implications about Age, Income, and Race

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One that has found remarkable success is California’s Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. We said, if we’re going to make this museum successful, if we’re going to make it meaningful in the community, we’ve got to increase the number of people we’re reaching and we have to diversify who they are,” says Simon, who explores the concept of audience engagement and participation in her books “The Participatory Museum” and “The Art of Relevance,” as well as on her blog, Museum 2.0.

A Long Interview as I say Goodbye to the MAH (and Thoughts on the Privilege of Leading Change)

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Geoffrey wrote: Some of the changes you imposed on the museum, including Abbott Square, generated criticism, mostly from some of the old guard types who wanted more traditional explorations of art and history. It must sway to the pulse of the cultural community in which it resides. To people who were unsure if their story, their art, their voice mattered in our community. inclusion institutional change interview Museum of Art and History

Ancient Greece 2.0: Arts Participation before the Industrial Age

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When we talk about making museums or performing arts organizations more participatory and dynamic, those changes are often seen as threatening to the traditional arts experience. Audience commentary, comfortable spaces for eating and talking, opportunities for amateurs to contribute to professional work: these are often considered intrusions into formal, classical settings for enjoyment of arts. But what if the "traditional" arts experiences is a myth?

Two Crucial Themes from the GDPR Featuring in US-Privacy Legislation

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Marriott suffered a data breach affecting up to 500 million customers—one of the largest breaches in history. The GDPR requires organizations to use data only in a transparent manner and sets out the disclosures organizations must make to data subjects, such as what data is being collected, how it’s being used, and with whom it’s being shared (Arts. 2018 was a seminal year for privacy. India drafted its first data privacy bill.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Attracting Millennials to Your Organization with Pokémon Go Events

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Trendswatch 2016 predicts that augmented and virtual realities are going to provide arts and cultural organizations with new ways to make exhibits more accessible. Recently, I sat down with Matthew Gibson, curator of natural history at the Charleston Museum , to find out how he and his team organized the Museum’s first Pokémon Go event. Most people don’t know that Pokémon is a natural history-based game.

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Games and Cultural Spaces: Live Blog Notes from Games for Change

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The speakers for this panel include: Tracy Fullerton – Electronics Arts Game Innovation Lab. Ruth Cohen – American Museum of natural History. Ruth Cohen – American Museum of natural History. For years we have been producing digital media to fulfill our mission of educating the public about science and history. In painted wood and styrofoam, it was a masterful and whimsical refusal to answer that pesky question of whether games can be art.

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Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

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For the past five years, each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has hosted MuseumCamp. We welcome campers from diverse community, civic, and cultural sites. Most sponsors are generous former campers or amazing companies serving museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, and grassroots community organizations. Museum of Art and History professional development

OFBYFOR ALL: Let's Build Organizations that are OF, BY, & FOR our Communities

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OFBYFOR ALL is a framework to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We're launching it with partners at community-based libraries, parks, museums, and cultural centers around the world. We see OFBYFOR ALL as itself a project that must be of, by, and for the community of cultural and civic changemakers. How cultural activists are doing it. Museum of Art and History ofbyforall

Two Opportunities at the MAH: MuseumCamp and an Incredible Job

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friends, I want to share two great opportunities to get involved at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in 2017. Each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History hosts MuseumCamp , a professional development experience that is part retreat, part unconference, part adult summer camp. We're proud that MuseumCamp brings together a very diverse group by design--campers are 50% people of color, and 50% people from outside museums/visual arts institutions.

New Power & Social Good: Thoughts from Jeremy Heimans

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And fast forward to the story now, this is the largest crowd funding campaign in the history of the world. Advocacy Arts & Cultural Companies Faith Communities Foundations Healthcare Higher Education K-12 Schools Nonprofit Social Good Social MediaHave you been hearing the term “new power” and wondering what it means exactly, and how it applies to your social good organization?

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Building Community: Who / How / Why

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These are the slides and notes for the talk I gave at the American Alliance of Museums conference on Monday, April 27 about the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. When I became the director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History four years ago, I took this work with me. We had incredible success transforming our institution into a vibrant cultural center. At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, our community starts with geography.

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Personal Mission and Renewed Motivation: Thoughts from the South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference

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Being at the conference made me so proud to say I work in the arts and cultural industry. At the end of the day, we should all strive to help ensure the livelihood of the places, stories, history, and information museums bring to our community… preserving that today, tomorrow and well into the future. Nonprofit Management Arts & Cultural Membership Museum Technology Museums

Why Your Membership Program Isn’t Resonating with Millennials (And What You Can Do About It)

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So…why aren’t they giving to your cultural organization? With a little tweaking and targeted messaging, you can start to build stronger relationships with millennials: the donors of the future and the largest generation in history. Nonprofit Marketing Arts & Cultural Membership millennials

Let's Be Bridge-Builders

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We spend most of our days with people who look like us, who share our culture, background, and class. Rather than operating in a bubble of “art people” or “history people,” we strive to connect ALL people in our county. Homeless adults and history buffs improving a historic cemetery. Cultural institutions, and museums in particular, have traditionally been bubbles of privilege. In our community, we build bridges through art and history.

Perspectives from the Charitable Giving Report: National World War II Museum

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This year they also broadened it to include funding the collection of oral history by interviewing our remaining veterans. This particular message has really resonated with the Museum’s patrons, allowing the Museum to continue their free admission program and accelerate their oral history collection, which is something that has a distinct sense of urgency as fewer World War II veterans are with us to provide their stories.

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Crossing the Professional-Amateur Line

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In art institutions, we typically treat the curator as the arbiter of quality. As our culture explodes in embracing creativity across the professional/amateur spectrum, museums have two choices: we can sharpen the line. Why are we so afraid that great art will lose its power if we surround it with other work? Most visitors love the diversity, quality, and abundance of the art. How can we go on the offensive instead of the defensive about the power of art and quality?

Meditations on Relevance Part 5: Relevance is a Bridge

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This summer, we opened two exhibitions at my museum that are highly relevant to local culture. Both of these exhibitions are relevant to the cultural identity of Santa Cruz. These boards connect modern-day surfers to something greater than themselves: across oceans, across cultures, across time. The rechewed meat of culture. Grown men fighting for seats at lectures about the history of the boards. exhibition Museum of Art and History relevance

Why Your Membership Program Isn’t Resonating with Millennials (And What You Can Do About It)

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So…why aren’t they giving to your cultural organization? With a little tweaking and targeted messaging, you can start to build stronger relationships with millennials: the donors of the future and the largest generation in history. Integrated Marketing Arts & Cultural Membership millennials

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

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Guidestar has a history of doing walking meetings, especially one on ones and at its Williamsburg location. One thing I noticed during the meeting is that I was sitting more than I normally would because of the video and the cultural norm having the video on the whole time. How have you changed your organization’s meeting culture to be better?

Introducing Abbott Square Part 2: Why We're Expanding in Public Space - and Why You Should Consider It Too

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This is the second installation 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. The MAH fundamentally has two jobs: we bring art and history out into our community, and we invite our community in. Our vision is to build a stronger, more connected community through art and history. Creativity and culture connect us to place and to each other.

Seeking Clarity about the Complementary Nature of Social Work and the Arts

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When we talk about museums or cultural institutions as vehicles of social and civic change, what does that really mean? Meanwhile, arts industry leaders worry about " oversupply " of organizations in the face of dwindling demand. Arts organizations can operate on their own timelines and internal values. This may sound obvious, but the rhetoric about cultural organizations working in the social sphere often ignores our inherent differences.

Cool App Roundup: Arts Organization Edition

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project will focus on apps for arts organizations, with a practical. We'll share some interesting apps developed for arts. Discovering Public Art with Public Art Omaha. engage with public art? Public Art Omaha created a searchable online database and mobile apps (for Apple and Android ) that do just that. The really cool thing is how Public Art Omaha did it: their public art. Engaging Audiences at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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

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I've been spending time recently interviewing people who run unusual cultural and learning venues. Art spaces masquerading as laundromats and letterpresses. In the past, I've highlighted a few--like 826 Valencia and the Denver Community Museum --that I think have already influenced the way many traditional cultural organization do business. Want some waffles with your art? What non-traditional arts venues inspire you?

Platform Power: Scaling Impact

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Traditionally, museums and cultural organizations offer programs. Now that we've opened Abbott Square , we have a goal to offer free cultural programming almost every day of the week. design exhibition inclusion institutional change Museum of Art and History participatory museum programs relationshipsLast month, I sat in the back of a meeting room at the MAH and watched something extraordinary happen.

Teenagers, Space-Makers, and Scaling Up to Change the World

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This week, my colleague Emily Hope Dobkin has a beautiful guest post on the Incluseum blog about the Subjects to Change teen program that Emily runs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. While art, history, creativity, and culture are the vehicles for that empowerment, the teens involved spend a lot of their time with activists, civic leaders, and social psychologists. Subjects to Change isn''t an art club or a history group.

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