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Happy New Year! Two Free Books! And Watermelon!

Museum 2.0

I published The Participatory Museum in March (with help from many of you!) Thank you so much for hosting me, picking me up at airports, taking me to karaoke bars, showing me secret parts of your museums, helping me find vegetarian food, and sharing your ideas, dreams, and schemes for the future. A quick top five list of amazing experiences in no particular order: ArtPrize , the democratic art festival in Grand Rapids that blew my mind Taiwan. Milwaukee!)

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. We do have friendly gallery hosts, but not every hour of the day.