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Guest Post: Weaving Community Collaborations into Permanent Installations at the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

Earlier in 2013, I was amazed to visit one of the new “Studio” spaces at the Denver Art Museum. The DAM is one of several large art museums that is embracing making in a big way—first, through their event-based programming and open art studios tied to temporary exhibitions, and now, through a 1,200 square foot studio in which visitors can do art projects tied to the permanent collection.

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Defining Impact Beyond Attendance Numbers at the MCA Denver

Museum 2.0

I've always been a bit confused when people talk about the impact of a museum or arts institution as being about "more than numbers." I was visiting with Adam Lerner, Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The MCA Denver has had a big impact on the art world with its fresh approach to programming, and it is located in a large city with a vibrant art scene.

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Take a Side Trip to the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

This week, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) opened a new temporary exhibition called The Psychedelic Experience , featuring rock posters from San Francisco in the heyday of Bill Graham and electric kool-aid. It’s a thrilling challenge to the traditional form of art museum exhibit design, and better yet, visitors like it. While the immersive space’s extreme departure from standard art gallery design may be its most radical feature, the gem for me is the interactives.

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Coming to Your Town, The Art of Relevance in Hand

Museum 2.0

Maybe you've been feeling this way about coming to an event related to The Art of Relevance. Registration info TBA October 19, 2016: Denver, CO at the Ellie Kaulkins Studio Loft for NAMP Regional Workshop, 3-5pm - Free! Book: The Art of RelevanceCo-pilot sadly not attending these events. One of the basic criteria for relevance has to do with effort. The more effort it takes to attain an experience, the less relevant it will feel--even if you know it will be meaningful.

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Crowd Fundraising for the Arts: No Running, Walking, or Freezing Plunges Required

Connection Cafe

Here are 3 arts and cultural organizations that have given crowd fundraising a go for compelling causes: National Air & Space Museum. Denver Zoo. The Denver Zoo raised more than $60,000 for the SNUGG – a Safe Nurturing Upright Gateway for Giraffes, which is a large, padded, weatherproof chute that zookeepers can secure giraffes in for medical care and other procedures. Are there works of art you want to restore?

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How Arts Organizations Win Gold Medals in Social Media

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I missed out on the Olympics in London this year while I was traveling in Cambodia. While the world acclaimed sports event was taking place in London, the Gay Chorus Olympics was taking place in Denver. Gold Medaling in Social Media and Arts Organizations, guest post by James Nickerson. I was in a random hotel ballroom in Denver, ready to present on the importance of social media to over 60 social media managers from LGBT choirs around the world.

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Guest Post: Using Participation to Solve a Design Problem at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Museum 2.0

I'm on the road this week, with speaking gigs in Oslo, Denver, Charlotte, and Roanoke (join the NAMP livestream on Sunday at 9:25am PT here ). I'm thrilled to share this brilliant guest post by Marilyn Russell, Curator of Education at the Carnegie Museum of Art. We also wanted to: Inspire visitors to engage in active looking: notice, reflect, react, and respond to the works of art and to the interdisciplinary quality of the exhibition.

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Funding & Grant Resources For Nonprofits Focused On Education

Kindful

The educational goals for the funders in this list include increasing postsecondary and higher learning opportunities, advancing innovation inside the classroom, engaging more students in the arts, and enhancing early childhood development, just to name a few. The Denver Foundation.

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Recognizing Client Success in 2021

Forum One

Forum One and Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation began working together to leverage the Foundation’s digital ecosystem to position it as the charity of choice in the Denver area.

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Forum One Wins 12 Communicator Awards

Forum One

Organized by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) , this year’s 27th annual awards includes over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Excellence – Website for Art. The Frist Art Museum.

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Forum One Wins 12 Davey Awards!

Forum One

The Davey Awards are sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts , a top-tier body of select professionals from the “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Gold – Arts for Websites. National Endowment for the Arts.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project Conference. National Arts Marketing Project / Austin, TX / $575. With continuous shifting trends in the landscape of arts marketing and audience engagement, arts organizations must go beyond “embracing” change. Join 650+ arts marketers in Austin this November to find out where the change is heading and learn the strategies and tactics for adapting to meet the demand.

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

Writing my masters thesis for Gothenburg University’s International Museum Studies program while also working four days a week as the Director of Community Programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History this spring was certainly a challenge but also an incredible opportunity. There were times when coordinating a fire art festival while researching social capital theory made me want to burn my computer. Artists from different worlds, brought together through Street Art Night.

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Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk

Museum 2.0

I'm just home from a whirlwind of speaking engagements--Oslo, Denver, Charlotte, Roanoke. We can change that by embracing participatory culture and opening up to the active, social ways that people engage with art, history, science, and ideas today. Museum of Art and History Core Museum 2.0 So it seems fitting to share my TEDx talk this week, one that was filmed here in Santa Cruz and which I have since taken around the world. The theme of TEDxSantaCruz was "Open."

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Forum One Wins 7 WebAwards

Forum One

The Frist Art Museum. The Frist Art Museum is a destination for art, culture, and community in the heart of Nashville, TN. We are excited to announce that Forum One has been recognized as a 2021 WebAwards winner of seven awards in six different categories!

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Forum One Wins 7 W³ Awards!?

Forum One

The W³ Awards are sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) , an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

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Forum One Wins 7 W³ Awards!

Forum One

The W³ Awards are sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) , an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

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Forum One Wins 10 Vega Awards

Forum One

Forum One received 10 awards in eight categories in this year’s awards for Canopus (platinum), Centauri (gold), and Arcturus (rose gold) across the categories of environmental awareness, cultural, art, health care services, associations, branded content, and website redesign.

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Inside a Museum Website Redesign

Museum 2.0

When I started at The Museum of Art & History (MAH) in May, one of my priorities was redesigning our website. MCA Denver ) or single rotating image (like JMKAC ). We are rebranding our museum in the community--not with marketing dollars, but with a singular message about being a thriving gathering place around art and history. If you look at the MAH homepage now, you will see: Clear, unchanging value proposition in the middle: "Your Place to Explore Art & History."

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End of Year Smatterings and Inspirations

Museum 2.0

In that spirit, I offer a few things that have excited me in recent weeks: The MCA Denver Holiday Video is out, and it is very, very good. I have felt in the past that some of the MCA's holiday videos were a bit too pretentious, but this year's edition is full of joy and a message that really reflects what they do in Denver. I LOVE the way the James Irvine Foundation presents their lessons learned from grant-making in the Arts Innovation Fund program.

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Treat Your Website Project Like an Investment Rather than an Expense

Tech Soup Blog

After more than 13 years working with nonprofit and cultural institutions, like the Denver Botanic Gardens , our firm has seen that these problems are epidemic. It's also trusted by institutions like Greenpeace, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Red Cross, and the White House. Elevated Third is a digital strategy and Drupal development firm in Denver with 13 years experience working with nonprofit and B2B clients.

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Back to Blogging with a Roundup of Terrific Articles

Museum 2.0

In a useful post, Doug Borwick suggests that art is like baseball: declining in relevance. Doug offers analogies between the challenges faced by Major League Baseball and those of traditional arts institutions: a legacy practice that has gotten more commercial but not more connected to real people and real communities. ArtsFwd is hosting a national innovation summit for arts and culture October 20-23 in Denver. Back to the land of the blogging!

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Empowering Staff to Take Creative Risks

Museum 2.0

I was joined by Lori Fogarty (ED of the Oakland Museum of California), Adam Lerner (ED and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), and Beck Tench (Director for Innovation and Digital Engagement at the Museum of Life and Science). This became obvious when Adam told the story of how he ended up leaving the Denver Art Museum to start The Lab at Belmar (which merged two years ago with MCA Denver when he became director).

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Weekend Reading: 2012 Trends and Young Adult Programs

Museum 2.0

I have a personal connection to this report, which was produced by the Denver Art Museum after a multi-year project developing meaningful connections with young adults. Three years ago today I was in Denver working with this terrific group of educators, technologists, and marketing folks to help them imagine new community-driven approaches to programming. Two great museumy reports to brighten your weekend: TrendsWatch 2012.

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Populism, Commercialism, and Jeffrey Deitch: The Shifting Debate about LA MOCA

Museum 2.0

That contemporary art museum is on the front of the LA Times again," she said. I can't believe that an art museum can be front page news in LA for days." LA MOCA has indeed been front page news, especially in the art world. Here's what happened: In 2010, amidst severe financial woes and declining audiences, the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA (MOCA), hired Jeffrey Deitch, a NYC gallery owner, to be their new director. Last week, my mom called.

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Wandering Down the "Don't Touch" Line

Museum 2.0

Art, however, does not come to museums pre-hardened. At the museum of art and history where I work, we are grappling with the question of how to help people enjoy themselves while keeping the art and artifacts safe. The level of touching, especially of art, has increased. While it's great that people feel comfortable here, it's not great that they are (presumably unwittingly) endangering the art.

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Framework vs. Sensibility: Separating Format from Voice

Museum 2.0

I was talking this week with Mark Allen, the founder of Machine Project (an alternative arts space in LA), about different models for community engagement in cultural institutions. For example, consider two independent arts organizations in Los Angeles -- Machine Project and The Public School. There are terms like "cosmology of the intangible" that raise my high art hackles.

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NetSquared Events for September: Featuring #Storymakers2014

Tech Soup Blog

Melbourne, Australia: The Art of Storytelling: How to Get Your Story Straight. Denver, CO: Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Storytelling Through Social Media. Storymakers is live! TechSoup’s digital storytelling challenge is open between now and September 26, 2014. Submit your digital video, five photographs, or a super-short story. We have $13,000 in prizes available! Looking for inspiration for your digital story? Join your local NetSquared group.

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PCs for People Brings More Great Refurbished Computers to Nonprofits through TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

That initiative is implemented in partnership with several community-based organizations, including the Denver Housing Authority and the federal HUD ConnectHome project. And so offering free pickup and state-of-the-art data sanitation became a centerpiece for PCs for People's Corporate Services. Meet our newest Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) partner, PCs for People!

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Become a Storymaker with NetSquared

Tech Soup Blog

Melbourne, Australia: The art of storytelling: how to create content that connects with your audience. Denver, CO: Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Storytelling Through Social Media. Every month TechSoup’s NetSquared community organizers volunteer to bring free (or low cost) nonprofit technology events and workshops to over 50 cities. If you want to network with your peers or love to learn at live, in-person events NetSquared is the place for you!

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Join Us for Local and Virtual Events This Week With Social Media September

Tech Soup Blog

Denver, CO: Before You Hit Send: Email Marketing, Planning, and Strategy. Victoria, Canada: The Art of Digital Storytelling - A NetSquared Victoria Panel. We’re half way into Social Media September , but we’re just getting started! There are several ways for you to get involved in our social media for social good events no matter where you live, since our community is holding both live and virtual gatherings.

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Six Museum-Related Blogs You Might Not Know About That Are Really Good

Museum 2.0

For a year now, Peter Linett and his friends at Slover-Linett Strategies have been blogging thoughtfully about connecting with arts audiences in new ways. This is a new blog written by Diane Ragsdale as part of the Arts Journal suite. Diane is still getting her "blog legs" and the posts are a bit haphazard, but she's one of the most brilliant minds in arts innovation, and I can't wait to see where this blog goes. Need some new inspiration in your feed reader?

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Show Me Your Nonprofit Dashboard!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s dashboard is an oft-cited example. Note from Beth: Check out this case study about The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Dashboard). Incidentally, we described the Indianapolis Museum of Art dashboard as a Technical Dashboard because of its depth, but it really serves as an Accountability Dashboard as well. He is now the director of the nascent PlaceMatters Institute at the Denver-based nonprofit Placematters.

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Who Counts? Grappling with Attendance as a Proxy for Impact

Museum 2.0

Louis Post-Dispatch published the kind of "how sausage is made" story that rarely gets written about the arts. Outdoor movies at the art museum? Why do we count participants in an art activity for families at a community center but not members of the Rotary Club to whom I give a presentation about the museum? If someone has an epiphany about art outside the museum, do they count? When you count attendance to your museum, do you include: people who eat in the cafe?

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Public Service, Advocacy, and Institutional Transformation

Museum 2.0

And I think that requires us to be an advocacy organization--not for homelessness or oceans or children--but for the power of art to transform, the power of history to enlighten, and the power of a welcoming host to spark new ideas and change. Yesterday, I had lunch with Monica Martinez, the ED of Homeless Services for Santa Cruz county. I was amazed not only by her energy and intelligence but by her simple, transformative goal: to end homelessness.

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In Times of Uncertainty, Consider Mission Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

Wealthier donors will continue to itemize deductions, and they are more likely to support higher education, the arts and cultural organizations. At age 23, Anne Byrne was the founding executive director of Denver’s rape crisis center, an organization that continues to flourish today, over 28 years later. posted by Anne Byrne Professional in Residence, ASU Lodestar Center.

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

Museum 2.0

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. Machine Project is a non-profit storefront arts venue that hosts a dizzying array of eclectic classes, workshops, events, and occasional exhibits. Want some waffles with your art? What non-traditional arts venues inspire you?

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Dangerous/Ridiculous: Reflections on AAM

Museum 2.0

Our curator writes labels about licking the art. Merilee Mostov and the Columbus Museum of Art. Participatory art and co-creation on the rise. The conversation about community engagement at AAM has evolved, and this year, it had a distinctly social practice/art bent. The conference showcased many fabulous projects-- Flux Foundation , Open Field , Shine a Light , Create Denver --that support substantive co-creation experiences for artists and amateurs alike.

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100+ Fundraising Event Ideas to Try in 2021 and Beyond

Qgiv

Find out what this type of fundraising event looks like in action with the Junior Achievement Metro Denver Virtual Trivia Bowl. Art show – Are there any local artists in your area? Encourage them to show off their latest creations with a fundraiser art show!

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The Lab at Belmar: Museums Coming Soon to a Mall Near You?

Museum 2.0

In Denver there's another way. Billed as "part art museum, part public forum," The Lab at Belmar is a contemporary art space in a suburban Denver development. From the first issue of the Lab's Notebook : The Lab was conceived in 2003 when a few high-minded young developers of a new, 104-acre urban development called Belmar approached the Denver Art Museum and asked if, maybe, they could borrow some of those nice paintings the museum wasn't using.

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