Celebrating Black History Month


Bloomerang is proud to celebrate Black History Month! Art Taylor. The post Celebrating Black History Month appeared first on Bloomerang The contribution that Black Fundraising Professionals make to the nonprofit sector is and has been immense; but too often overlooked.

How History’s Awesome Twentysomethings Got It Together

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Prepare to be enlightened, fascinated and inspired by the stories of some of history’s iconic men and women that show where they were at near the age of 25. Went on to do what put them in the history books. For the more mature this book offers a snapshot of history in the making.


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Goodbye Consulting, Hello Museum of Art & History!

Museum 2.0

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

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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How to Get Your Visitors to Post About Your Arts and Cultural Organization


A genuine social media shout out from a happy visitor is fantastic for marketing your arts and cultural institution; consider it like a testimonial but not as arduous to solicit. Photo Credit: Devon Rose Turner, Natural History Museum, London. .

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A Guide to bbcon 2021 Virtual for Arts & Cultural Organizations


bbcon 2021 Virtual , happening October 13–15, will bring together thousands of arts & cultural professionals from zoos, museums, aquaria, performing arts organizations, gardens, and beyond for three days of cutting-edge thought leadership, virtual peer networking and unforgettable experiences.

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Earliest donor wall in history?

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

So I was in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I end up looking at this fairly nondescript statuary. What was the significance of this? The museum had a placard next to it (which I will reprint in its entirety): Marble inscribed statue base. Roman, ca. 160-170. Fletcher Fund, 1926 (26.60.70a,b). The base is said to have been found near Rome, but the inscription is in Greek.

Want to Work at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History? Now's Your Chance.

Museum 2.0

This week, I''m celebrating three years on the job as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. This spring marked a big conceptual shift for me and the museum. We are now squarely out of turnaround and into growth mode. In three years, our attendance has tripled, we''ve built a solid financial footing, and our involvement in the community has increased. But there''s still plenty of work to do. We spent three years doing more with less.

Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

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. . Museums or performing arts centers can do the same but ask their followers to name new statues or caption new pieces of art. The results are in – and this year was the biggest # GivingTuesday yet!

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The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

AFP Blog

The Games Art Historians Play: Online Game-based Learning in Art History and Museum Contexts – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education : "Considering a few models within my own discipline of art history will orient colleagues curious about venturing down this pedagogical path, but, as with any learning tool, game-based learning will have to fit the specific context of a given course or program.

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

Connection Cafe

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. Individuals with a giving history spanning five years get 10% off a membership for two years.

Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

Connection Cafe

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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Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

Museum 2.0

We have witnessed and experienced incredible moments of transformation: homeless people and history buffs working together on historic restoration, graffiti artists and knitters collaborating on new artistic projects, visitors from different backgrounds making collages, or sculptures, or dance performances together. As we start the process at our museum of updating our permanent history gallery, one of our specific goals is to increase intergroup understanding in our community.

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Is it OK to Smash That? The Complications of Living Art Museums

Museum 2.0

I thought about all of this when reading about the recent incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami, where artist Maximo Carminero smashed a vase by Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei in an unauthorized act of visitor participation. While some in the art world are heralding Carminero''s act as expanding the role of art to disrupt and make political statements, I feel that this is a pretty straightforward issue of a criminal act. But art museums are coming back from the dead.

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

Museum 2.0

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.

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

Museum 2.0

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.

Cool App Roundup: Arts Organization Edition

Tech Soup Blog

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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Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling

NonProfit Hub

But even when the stories we love aren’t rooted in fact or based on history, we connect to them on a real, human level. The post Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. This article was originally published in Nonprofit Hub Magazine. Everyone has a favorite story. Whether it comes in the form of a book, a comic, a movie or a video game, we all have stories that we like and ones that we decidedly dislike.

TechSoup Canada Art Installation

Tech Soup Blog

My favorite-thing-of-the-week award goes to Toronto artist Gil Martinez for this art installation he designed to help celebrate the launch of TechSoup Canada. TechSoup/CompuMentor's 22-year history is documented through four mixed-media panels and one large mural. All of the key stakeholders who attended the launch celebration were delighted by the exhibition, and we have plans to display Gil's art permanently at the TechSoup Global headquarters in San Francisco.

Hurricane Sandy Art Relief: An Interview with Elana Haviv

Have Fun - Do Good

As some of you know, in addition to producing my own podcast, The Big Vision Podcast , I also produce the Arts and Healing Network's Podcast , where I recently interviewed Elana Haviv, the Founder and Executive Director of the Children's Movement for Creative Education (CMCE) about their Hurricane Sandy Art Relief Caravan Project which was featured in The Huffington Post article, Art Heals Heartache for Sandy Kids.

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

David Lavenda wrote this excellent article in Fast Company about the history of the Post-It notes and their potential for becoming a killer innovation technology. Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Mine includes markers , sticky notes , index cards, and flip chart paper. But wait, paper??? And, I’m not alone.

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

Guidestar has a history of doing walking meetings, especially one on ones and at its Williamsburg location.

Are the Arts Habit-Forming?

Museum 2.0

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?

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. Paul, MN at the Minnesota History Center, 8-10am - 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.

Disney’s Secret Sauce – 3 Learnings You Can Take Back To Your Arts Organization Today

Connection Cafe

We like to joke that the magic “pixy dust” brought us together and the rest is Disney history or so the story goes… During our visit this spring, I was reminded about my time working with the mouse at Team Disney to help improve the visitor experience. I appreciated seeing all the additional innovations that have continued, and it also reminded me how much of this applies directly to the Arts and Cultural space.

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The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

The Marriage of Art and Technology - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "Suitable Technologies recently partnered with eight U.S. The eight inclusive museums include San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Seattle Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Jose’s Computer History Museum, and the University of South Dakota’s Natural History Museum.

Imagery and Authenticity

Non Profit Quarterly

I’m here with our Art Director, Devyn Taylor. This is well documented, and even the history of people describing themselves as white goes back to the slave trade. Practice Arts and Culture Politics Race + Power racial justice TechnologyEdited by Wil Renderos.

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

Museum 2.0

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.

Change Ahead: I'm Shifting from Local to Global in 2019

Museum 2.0

In mid-2019, I will transition out of my role as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) to focus full-time on leading OF/BY/FOR ALL, an emerging global movement to build more inclusive community institutions. And the reason they participate is not fundamentally to learn about art or history. People come into the MAH every day to make art. To make history. Museum of Art and History ofbyforall

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

Museum 2.0

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 full of natural beauty, iconoclastic history, and explosive creativity. Museum of Art and HistoryHey, you. Yeah you, generous community builder. You, brilliant manager. You, fearless fundraiser. You, playful leader.

Ancient Greece 2.0: Arts Participation before the Industrial Age

Museum 2.0

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?

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

Museum 2.0

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. To people who were unsure if their story, their art, their voice mattered in our community. We made the MAH a museum of “and” - art AND history, participation AND contemplation, loud Friday nights and quiet Tuesday afternoons. Some of our courageous team.

Going Viral: Creative Social Media Campaigns to Inspire Museums


In 2020, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) challenged visitors to “twin” with works of art in their vast collection and then share their creative ensembles online using the hashtag “MetTwinning”. Art Fund “See Everything”. Arts & Cultural social media campaigns

Want to Co-Create an Exhibition on a Hot Issue? Introducing the Community Issue Exhibition Toolkit

Museum 2.0

We partnered with foster youth, former foster youth, artists, and community advocates to create an exhibition that used art to spark action on issues facing foster youth. design exhibition inclusion Museum of Art and History ofbyforallTwo years ago, our team at the MAH embarked on our most challenging co-creation project ever.

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From Risk-taker to Spacemaker: Reflections on Leading Change

Museum 2.0

institutional change Museum of Art and History riskFifteen years ago, my boss kicked me under the table. I was a small fry at a big museum, volunteering for a project I had no business taking on. My boss and mentor Anna often encouraged me to stretch the limits. She protected and supported me in leading projects far beyond my job description. We had a push-pull relationship; I’d ask for opportunities, she’d say yes but also help me understand how far I could safely go.

This is What the Participatory Museum Sounds Like

Museum 2.0

A personal history. creative placemaking Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent visitorsIt's late in the afternoon. I'm cranking away on a grant proposal, when suddenly, a classical rendition of "All the Single Ladies" wafts up the stairs. In the office, colleagues lift their heads. "Is Is that.?" someone asks. Yup," another nods. We grin. This is the magic a piano in the lobby makes. We've now had a piano in the MAH lobby for several months.

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Little Giants, Big Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising From a Liberal Arts College

NonProfit Hub

Wabash is small (901 students last year), all male (one of three such institutions left in the country), a traditional liberal arts school and the best decision I’ve ever made. It was the largest single day of giving in the college’s 182-year history. Their cause is a traditional, well-rounded liberal arts education for men. The post Little Giants, Big Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising From a Liberal Arts College appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

5 Steps to Content Marketing Success for Arts and Cultural Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

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.

Examples of Abundance in the Arts: Ask A Conductor on Twitter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Marc van Bree and I were chatting about some of the collaborative arts marketing strategies that some arts organizations have experimented with on Twitter. Since there have been a few examples, I asked Marc if would write a post looking at some of these. How Abundance Can Connect Arts Organizations With Audiences by Marc van Bree.

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

Connection Cafe

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

Quick Hit: What Should I Ask about Google Art?

Museum 2.0

This Friday, March 4, I'll be moderating a panel discussion about experiencing art in virtual environments at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (4pm, 1 hour, free). Our guests are two of the people behind the Google Art Project - Anna de Paula Hanika and Kai Kewei. Anna has been forthright in the press about her enthusiasm for Google Art to open up museum and art experiences for a wide and diverse audience.

Arts Summit 2008: The Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations - Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just got back from doing a plenary session at the Arts Summit organized by the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations. It's gathering of arts leader from throughout New York State. I spoke about social media and future leadership in the arts - and also did a workshop. I have a long history with the arts community in New York. You can find the slides and resources at my Arts and Social Media wiki

Building Community: Who / How / Why

Museum 2.0

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. At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, our community starts with geography. inclusion Museum of Art and History participatory museum social bridging

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