How the Currier Museum of Art Prepared for Its Reopening

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After our complete closure on March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19 , our museum staff was busier than ever preparing to navigate these uncharted times. Carey Cahoon is the Database Administrator and Strategist at the Currier Museum of Art, overseeing and providing staff support for Altru.

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Q&A with sgLEADERS: H. Beecher Hicks, III, National Museum of African American Music

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Beecher Hicks III, President & CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, TN. NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

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International Museum Day 2020: Tips To Engage Supporters

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Monday, May 18th is International Museum Day , the mission of which is to raise awareness of the fact that, “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”.

6 Creative Program Ideas for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Have you ever been to a museum with no permanent exhibits ? On a recent trip to Chicago, I checked out the Museum of Contemporary Art. Plus, I know the next time I’m in Chicago, the museum will be a totally different experience, so I’m highly motivated to go back.

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4 Important Membership Trends Every Museum Needs to Consider

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It’s 2019, and a whole lot is changing in the museum and nonprofit world. That’s not to mention how strained museums already are in terms of resources. According to the American Alliance of Museums, the average museum has 6 volunteers for every paid staff member , a ratio which s oars to 18:1 in museums with budgets under $250,000. Adding to this equation, more museums are starting to unionize.

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The Dallas Museum of Art Took a Major Risk, and The Outcome Has Been Remarkable.

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By Jen Leavitt, Arts and Cultural Consultant. . About a year ago, the Dallas Museum of Art did something truly innovative. The museum’s memberships have tripled in the past year. While those numbers are staggering, it’s even more remarkable when you consider that they’ve also been able to track which galleries are most popular, who are repeat visitors, and what low income areas are being served by the museum most.

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One Mom’s Tips for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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As I think about arts & cultural institutions, I realize that my family is an ideal target for these organizations. What does our consumption of arts & cultural organizations look like? The easier you can make it for me, the more likely I am to take my family to visit a zoo, museum, or aquarium, or attend a performance. For performing arts, maybe something as simple as adding a reminder to my calendar on the day and time tickets go on sale.

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4 Ways AI is the Next Big Game-Changer in Museum Membership & Attendance

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Museums and nonprofits can also reap huge benefits from employing artificial intelligence, particularly in their membership and development departments. Here are 4 ways AI can help museums and nonprofits deepen member engagement, increase attendance, more effectively communicate with donors, and drive revenue: Boost Your Staff’s Productivity. That’s why they can also come in handy in museums. Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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A Guide to bbcon 2020 for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Though we’re disappointed to not be exploring Seattle with all of our awesome Arts and Cultural friends, we are super excited for our first-ever virtual bbcon 2020 ! Arts & Cultural bbcon bbcon 2020

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#GivingTuesday: The Arts & Culture Way

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Arts and Cultural organizations are capitalizing on this giving movement by creating a clear call-to-action attached to customized campaigns. Don’t let it pass without acting and have fun building your Arts & Culture campaign. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit #GivingTuesday #GivingZooDay Aquariums end of year fundraising giving tuesday Museums ZoosApproaching its seventh year, #GivingTuesday’s success isn’t slowing down and only increasing in donor participation.

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Celebrating Women Leaders in the Arts & Cultural Sector for International Women’s Day 2020

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I had a total fan-girl moment meeting Colleen when she delivered the Arts & Cultural track’s keynote at bbcon 2019 in Nashville last October. These are just a few of the countless women in the arts and cultural space who we we’re grateful to work with.

Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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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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3 Things Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Do to Make Visitors Feel More Comfortable When They Reopen

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Colleen surfaces several insights that are out of the control of arts organizations , such as the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and the government lifting travel, movement and access restrictions. . Zoos, aquariums, museums and gardens can look at their online ticket sales process.

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Self Care in the Museum Workplace

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The following post was originally published on the Center for the Future of Museums blog. On Wednesday, August 8, over 300 museum professionals joined CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and Seema Rao, principal of Brilliant Idea Studio , to explore self-care in the museum workplace. Seema) In some museum work places, the culture of stress is tied to perceived effort, as you mention. Q: Do you know any museums that have implemented telecommuting successfully?

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7 Ways for Arts & Cultural Organizations to Retain Members

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Members are the catalyst of your arts or cultural organization. Arts & Cultural Aquariums Donor Stewardship Gardens Museums performing arts sustaining members ZoosThey believe in your staff, your mission and support your goals. And while attracting new members is a never-ending process, retaining existing members is equally as important.

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Doing Museum Work: Your Thoughts

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This month, we're thinking about the way we do work in museums. As someone texted me recently, Art History grad school didn't teach us anything about working with others in museums. Sharing articles that work is a great reason to stay on Museum Twitter by the way.

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3 Lessons Arts & Cultural Organizations Can Learn from Retail

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Being new to the arts & cultural space (career-wise, not interest-wise), I’ve been doing a lot of reading to get a better understanding of this industry. What’s surprised me are the parallels I see with other industries – namely retail where I was most recently focused – and it got me thinking: what can arts & cultural organizations learn from the retail industry? What are they doing, and can we apply the same concepts in arts & cultural?

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The Matter of Museums

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This month we’ve been thinking about “What is a museum?” (I'm I’ve been visiting museums my whole life. Does that make me the best judge of museums? People are the defining characteristics of museums. I’ve worked with and at plenty of museums that can sometimes feel empty. When the galleries are quiet, with my clipclop shoes the only sound, the museum feels dead. Her answer is what many a museum professional would want people to say. Museum matter.

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Q&A with sgLEADERS: H. Beecher Hicks, III, National Museum of African American Music


Beecher Hicks III, President & CEO of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville, TN. NMAAM is the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.

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Who are we, museums?

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Then, I get home, confined to the couch with a terrible sinus headache, to find ICOM was debating the definition of a museum. ICOM matters because museums are a global phenomenon. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed interacting with all the international museum folks at conferences, particularly at AAM. ICOM might not seem to matter to our workdays in American museums, but it does matter global. People can only define museums on what we have now.

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Why do we keep working in museums?

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TL;DR A lot of really shitty people hate museums and hate that museums would even attempt social justice therefore museums are okay, maybe. It is well documented that most jobs in museums pay poorly. Many museums perpetuate violence against marginalized people everyday.

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The Benefits of Having Digitally Savvy Board – for Museums & Nonprofits Too!

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I recently discussed what it means to be a “museopreneur” in a feature article published by American Alliance of Museums. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Nonprofit Management #nptech board of directors digital transformation

Resources to Guide Arts and Cultural Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As an arts and cultural organization, you are among the most trusted sources of information in today’s world. Along with providing frequent communication, leaders of arts and cultural organizations should be transparent about how this is affecting their organization.

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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.

#BBCON 2016| What’s in It for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Knowing that those three days are so jam-packed with content, I often get asked what bbcon offers for arts administrators, and the answer is…a lot! So I went ahead and picked out some of the top sessions for Arts & Cultural organization to make planning your conference journey just a little bit easier. Maximizing Engagement at Your Arts & Cultural Organization – Learn how you can move your visitors from “hello” to “I do” with a personalized journey for your supporters.

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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To help, here are some thought-starters from the Blackbaud Arts & Cultural team – along with a sneak-peek at what we have planned for 2020 so far. . . For more inspiration, hear from the Autry Museum on how it attract s more visitors and turn s them into members and lifelong donors. . . All too often, bright, talented people burnout and leave arts and cultural work because of the cumulative effects of toxic stress. 2020 is here!

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Walk in Your Visitor’s Shoes: How to use the Buyer’s Journey to increase Attendance at your Arts & Cultural Organization

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Arts & c ultural organizations can use this framework to send the right messages to the right people at the right time. . Let’s consider each stage from a n arts & cultural point of view and for our purposes rename this a visitor’s journey. . The most important thing to remember is to find channels to reach your target visitors : the people most likely to visit your zoo, museum or aquarium or to attend a performance. .

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Goodbye Consulting, Hello Museum of Art & History!

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Dear 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 ). I am closing down my consulting business at the end of April, but the Museum 2.0 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

Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

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Working with arts organizations there are often concern that your constituent stories aren’t as impactful. million likes surely someone touting the effect of music and art on their lives can get just as many. If a mother or counselor calls you to express gratitude for that after school program, that summer art camp that kept her child off the streets or the guitar class in the gym on Saturdays, dig in. Annual Fund Fundraising Arts & Cultural museum

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Hello Museum World!

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Or maybe hello museum world! Previously, I had worked at the same museum for 17 years.) So, when you visit more than 300 museums, parks, and historic sites, what do you learn? This week, I wanted to start with us, museum and cultural workers. Each label, I assure you, is a testament to the care of scores of museum workers. I attempted to do some of the interactives in the National Museum of Scotland with encouragement from the education staff there.

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The Opportunity Your Museum Can Offer

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I don’t know about you, but one of the things I love most about the arts is the opportunity it provides. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, art has a way of tapping into something core to all of us that can open new worlds of learning in a way that nothing else can. Like many other large cities, Austin has quite an economic divide, such that underserved populations probably aren’t even aware of the numerous museums in Austin.

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11 Ways Your Museum Should be using Twitter

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” In it the authors discussed how you should use social media at a nonprofit and it made me curious about how museums are using Twitter. Here are eleven things your museum should should do to get the most out of Twitter: Create a Twitter account. Gull Wings Children’s Museum does a good job of tweeting about their programs. If you are known for modern art, Tweeting an article about Rembrandt is not going to get their attention (or at least not positive attention).

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3 Lessons from Museums Advocacy Day

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At the end of February, I attended the first of (what I hope will be) many Museums Advocacy Days (MAD) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. There was something magical about the combination of something I love – museums – with something that scares me: US politics. The undercurrent through Congressman Moran’s speech and the other sessions was a reminder of the economic impact of museums on the US economy, as well as clarity (and data!)

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

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference in Florence, SC. Here’s what I learned: At the core of each museum is a personal mission. I wasn’t familiar with many of the museums who were in attendance at SCFM, even though I’ve lived and worked here for 40 years now! And that’s the core of a successful museum – personal mission. Being at the conference made me so proud to say I work in the arts and cultural industry.

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

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At The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, fundraising is all about data and their data is all about their donors. The Museum uses their data to get know their donors at a deeper level: what they care about, what motivates them, and how to keep them engaged with their organization. “We The Museum is extremely precise in their message to ensure their mission is breaking through the noise and remaining relevant with their donors. “If

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

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Every day for the past two months, a man has entered the largest gallery in my museum. It also complicates the question of what is acceptable in a museum. If an artist can come into a museum and smash stuff, what does that tell visitors? 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.

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MuseWeb 2021: Amplifying the Museum Experience

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We are very excited to connect with the amazing people who work hard to amplify the online museum experience at this year’s virtual MuseWeb 2021 conference in April. Conversational Marketing: Can Chatbots Increase Engagement with Your Museum?

ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine

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I’ve always been inspired by the creative ways the Brooklyn Museum uses technology to connect visitors to museum content. Now, the Brooklyn Museum is doing a major overhaul of their visitor experience--from lobby to galleries to mobile apps--in an effort to “ create a dynamic and responsive museum that fosters dialogue and sparks conversation between staff and all Museum visitors.” ASK is part of an overall effort to rethink the museum visitor experience.

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Injustice In Science [Museums]

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Nina Simon, Lauren Bentua, and many others would host us in the halls of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art. When we think about mapping these ideas onto an organization I think about how museum leadership can take these on personally as individuals (CEO, COO) and as departments (Human Resources, Education) and so on. Science museums are a forum and a space for communities to tackle issues that are important to them- climate change, poverty, food insecurity, air and water quality.

Covid-19 and Museum

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As a Historic Interpreter for Telfair Museums, I would lead visitors through the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters on a 45 minute guided tour of antebellum Savannah history discussing politics and urban slavery. When the Museum closed I was expecting the next few weeks to be different.

Museum Verbs and Defining Who are We.

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After the International Committee on Museums spent some time debating the definition of museums, many folks took up the charge on social media to give their own definitions. ICOM2019 #ICOMKyoto2019 — Dan Hicks (@profdanhicks) September 7, 2019 But this week I want to focus on a tweet by Dan Hicks who suggested instead of a definition we need museum verbs. I know I’m missing early innovators of interaction in museums; feel free to tell me who in the comments.)

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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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This is What the Participatory Museum Sounds Like

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It invites visitors to make the museum better. When visitors share their brilliance, it brings the museum to life. I believe that every person who walks into our museum has something valuable to share. This is the participatory museum, played out loud. creative placemaking Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent visitorsIt's late in the afternoon.

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