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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How Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Sold 639 Memberships in 96 Hours

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Guest Post from Debbie McKenzie, Development Manager for Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. . Here at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose our member families visit an average of 3-4 times a year (with a few visiting weekly) – they are getting their money’s worth, so offering a Groupon type deal for membership has never felt right – too little of the proceeds end up in the Museum’s coffer.

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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. That experience got me thinking about other ways arts and cultural organizations are innovating with their programs. I don’t have kids, so I’d feel a little creepy visiting a children’s museum by myself.)

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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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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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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.

What the Association of Children’s Museums InterActivity 2014 Had to Say About Cultivating Donors

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend and present at the Association of Children’s Museums annual conference, #interactivity2014, with Julia Kennard, CFO from EdVenture, Carole Charnow, President and CEO from Boston Children’s Museum and Katie Boehm, Annual Fund & Events Manager from KidsQuest. Panelists and attendees agreed that relationships with museum members tend to be exchange relationships, as member benefits tend to be extrinsic rewards.

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. Build a membership program specifically for children. If you can manage two to four activities per year, you’ve provided some value to the parents and involved children at an early age. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh created a Summer Adventure program. My inclination toward the arts and cultural world was naturally occurring.

Hello Museum World!

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Or maybe hello museum world! Children see play and imagination as their job. 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. Hello World!

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

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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. Highlights for bbcon 2016 : Our Path Forward, a panel session kicking off BBCON for our arts & cultural attendees, led by Kevin Knight, Senior Vice President for Arts & Culture at Blackbaud. Nonprofit News #bbcon Arts Arts & Cultural Museums

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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. By sharing facts about how to lower the risk of contracting or spreading the disease, arts and cultural organizations can help keep their communities healthy and instill a sense of calm. . A rts and cultural organizations rely on people visiting them for much of their income. Arts & Cultural Specific Resources .

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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. The Hands On Museum does a great job of using Twitter consistently.

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3 Unforgettable Reasons Arts and Cultural Organizations Need Pinterest


Pinterest for Arts and Cultural Organizations, really? So what does all this mean for Arts and Cultural Organizations ? As Arts and Cultural Organizations (museums, zoos, galleries, festivals and foundations), you have so many powerful images to choose from. Museum of the Moving Image. Clyfford Still Museum. Hands On Childrens Museum. Laguna Art Museum. I have 1021 pins.

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Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

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One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy. Empower Young Children through Philanthropy – guest blog post by Vincent Law, CEO and Founder at PhilanthroKids Academy. Different culture has different understanding of philanthropy and we use different words to represent various aspects of the concept. In most cultures, philanthropy existed a long time ago. There were a lot of children names.

New Models for Children's Museums: Wired Classrooms?

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I was fascinated by our discussion, and Bob came to mind last month, when I was asked to write an article for the Association of Children's Museums quarterly journal, Hand to Hand , about children's museums and Web 2.0. There’s a thriving debate about the role computers should play in children’s museums, with many professionals sounding the alarm about the negative impact of exchanging screen time for tactile environments.

The Event-Driven Museum, One Year Later

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A year ago, I wrote a post speculating about whether events (institutionally-produced programs) might be a primary driver for people to attend museums, with exhibitions being secondary. Now, a year later, I've seen the beginnings of how that question has borne out at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) , as well as hearing from folks around the museum industry about the interplay of exhibitions and events at their own institutions.

On White Privilege and Museums

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I write this piece in good faith about the organizations I know best: museums. The vast majority of American museums are institutions of white privilege. The popular reference point for what a museum is--a temple for contemplation--is based on a Euro-centric set of myths and implies a white set of behaviors. Three quick lenses on Whiteness and privilege in museums: Whiteness is in the language we use to describe the objects that we show and the programs we produce.

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

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Ruth Cohen – American Museum of natural History. Jason Eppink – Museum of the Moving Image. Ruth Cohen – American Museum of natural History. We are trying to change the visitors’ experience at the museum as well as ownership of what is in the museum, break down the walls between the public and the museum. My focus is on how children learn science. Jason Eppink – Museum of the Moving Image.

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

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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. I chose to focus my thesis on Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs. This can be accomplished through a variety of feedback methods conducted both inside and outside the museum.

How Different Types of Museums Approach Participation

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Recently, I was giving a presentation about participatory techniques at an art museum, when a staff member raised her hand and asked, "Did you have to look really hard to find examples from art museums? Aren't art museums less open to participation than other kinds of museums?" In my travels and research, I've seen all kinds of museums be incredibly successful--and incredibly uncomfortable--with visitor participation. Children of the Lodz Ghetto ).

How KidsQuest Converted Members into Loyal Donors

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As I learned from Katie Boehm at KidsQuest Children’s Museum this week, staying fresh in your fundraising approach is more about the approach and strategy then it is about the channel. Training the telefunders to focus on the impact the museum has on the community and what their philanthropic contribution can help KidsQuest accomplish. KidsQuest uses their software solution to help them identify “people who love the museum.”

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Maximizing Your Membership Program: Tips from the Experts

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I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Children’s Museums annual conference: InterActivity 2016. As I sat in a session, Membership from Here to There and Everywhere In Between, I had a realization: No one is better at managing membership programs than children’s museums. Children’s museums have all the challenges that all membership driven organization have… PLUS they have children, and therefore their members, aging out of their institutions every year.

Joint Statement from Museum Bloggers and Colleagues on Ferguson and Related Events

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When basketball players are offering more cogent commentary on racial issues than cultural institutions, you know we have a cultural relevance problem. Gretchen Jennings convened a group of bloggers and colleagues online to develop a statement about museums'' responsibilities and opportunities in response to the events in Ferguson, Cleveland and Staten Island. Museums are a part of this educational and cultural network. Where do museums fit in?

Supporting Museum Tribes & Fans through Shared Ritual

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Many people ( Paul Orselli , Linda Norris , Pete Newcurator ) in the museum field have written about the question of museum "tribes"--based partly on Seth Godin's book , partly on the longstanding fan culture that pervades our lives through sport , celebrity, and shared experience of mass events. The question is usually, "How can museums cultivate fandom among visitors?" or "What would a museum look like that embraced and supported tribal followings?".

Museums, Church, and Doable Evangelism

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I often think museums are like church--passionately loved by staff and devout audiences, irrelevant or off-putting to lapsed or uninterested adults, alien and overwhelming to newcomers. What is the appropriate way to evangelize cultural institution use to the unconverted? Is it the "mission" of cultural professionals to help people connect to what we see as positive personal and community outcomes, and if so, how should we go about it?

Where's the Mobile Museum Project for Intact Social Groups?

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When a technologist calls me to talk about their brilliant idea for a museum-related business, it's always a mobile application. There are lots of wonderful (and probably not very high margin) experiments going on in museums with mobile devices. Most visitors to museums attend in social groups. This is true for all types of cultural institutions, from historic houses to zoos to art museums. Imagine visiting a museum with your family or a friend.

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Museum 2.0 Rerun: What Does it Really Mean to Serve "Underserved" Audiences?

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This August/September, I am "rerunning" popular Museum 2.0 Diane is both visionary and no-nonsense about deconstructing the barriers that many low-income and non-white teenagers and families face when entering a museum. Most large American museums are reflections of white culture. I''m white, and several of the things Diane told me about are things I don''t notice because I''m part of the majority culture.

Upcoming Webinar: Creating a Culture of Storytelling

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first installment of our 2013 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge webinar series, Creating a Culture of Storytelling. Our guests will speak to the importance of creating a culture. Image: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Stories are the currency of community. They shape our experience. They drive us to think, act, and change.

Museum Photo Policies Should Be as Open as Possible

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I'm working on a section of my book about sharing social objects and am writing about the most common way that visitors share their object experiences in museums: through photographs. While doing research, I found myself digging back into old arguments on museum listservs about photo policies and I want to add my two (very opinionated) cents on this. Revenue Streams: Museums want to maintain control of sales of "officially sanctioned" images of objects via catalogues and postcards.

It’s Time to #Showyourculture!

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In January, Blackbaud employees from all ov the world rallied together to celebrate our cultural customers through our #showyourculture initiative. Everyone from engineers to sales representatives to our CEO Mike Gianoni got in on the fun, posting their favorite memories from arts and cultural organizations on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using #showyourculture in their post so we could all follow along. Pictures drive engagement: Cultural events make for great pictures.

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The Participatory Museum Process Part 3: My Experience

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This is the third in a four-part series about writing The Participatory Museum. When I decided to write a book about visitor participation in cultural institutions, I knew I'd do it in a way that reflected the values behind the book itself--transparency, inclusion, and meaningful community participation. This post covers my personal process of encouraging--and harnessing--participation in the creation of The Participatory Museum. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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

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Children and Family Services Programs – $1.9 Institute of Museum and Library Services – $50 Million. 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.

Book Club Part 3: Museums Seeking Definition

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This week, we look at Chapter 5 of Elaine Gurian's book Civilizing Museums , Choosing Among the Options: An opinion about museum definitions in two parts. First published in Curator magazine in 2002, this essay presents five different museum "types" and their distinct opportunities and challenges. Elaine believes that "know thyself" isn't just for self-help manuals--it's an adage museums need to remember as they move forward to make decisions intelligently.

Museums and Relevance: What I Learned from Michael Jackson

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By a strange and lucky coincidence, I was at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum (EMPSFM) in Seattle for a two-day workshop. EMPSFM is one of a handful of museums worldwide for which the death of the King of Pop is a very big deal. They staffed talk-back tables where visitors could write on butcher paper, and outside the museum, they put out boxes of sidewalk chalk to invite people to share their thoughts. Museums can't manufacture relevance to audiences.

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Self-Censorship for Museum Professionals

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There are lots of things visitors can’t do in museums. But what about the things that museum professionals can’t (or feel they can’t) do? This week at the ASTC conference, Kathy McLean, Tom Rockwell, Eric Siegel and I presented a session called “You Can’t Do That in Museums!” in which we explored the peculiarities of self-censorship in the creation of museum exhibitions. Science is political, and science museums have a hard time grappling with that fact.

Send in the Science Clowns: A Frustrated Reaction to a Science Center Demonstration

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Last week, I took in the new Galileo science show at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I used to perform these kinds of shows at the Capital Children’s Museum, and I was impressed by the whole production. I can’t imagine seeing a show like this in any other cultural context. There’s no history museum doing a send-up of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. There’s no art museum where Picasso is portrayed as a boozy goofball on the make.

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. She received an email from Museum Hack that talked about how museums could “catch millennials” through embracing games like Pokémon Go.

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Is "Museum" a 4-Letter Word (for visitors)?

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There have been some fun semantic jousting matches recently on the ASTC listserv about the difference between science museums and science centers. And earlier last month, the Museum of Television and Radio announced a name change to the Paley Center for Media. Despite the herculean efforts many museums take to offer accessible, cool, inviting experiences to the public, the word museum is still laden with the ghost of "don't touch" past.

Kid-Tested, Hipster-Approved: How Austin’s Thinkery Curated a Whole New Audience.

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” How is this influx of new people influencing Austin’s Arts & Cultural community? It was a fabulous date night (check out said caricature), and the next day I was telling all of my friends – with and without children – that they had to visit Thinkery. How can you explore doing something similar at your museum? Comment on ideas you’ve put into play at your museum, or other ideas you’ve seen and liked. Oh, Austin, TX.

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Yes, Audience Participation Can Have Significant Value

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For years, I'd give talks about community participation in museums and cultural institutions, and I'd always get the inevitable question: "but what value does this really have when it comes to dollars and cents?" Last week, the local newspaper did a really generous front-page story on my museum (the MAH) and the changes here over the past eight months since I started. This community was ready for a museum that reflected the unique creative identity of Santa Cruz.

Another Case of FOMO? Or Is There Really a Need for MORE Cultivation Events?

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*FOMO = slang for ‘fear of missing out’—and missing out is something we definitely don’t want ANY of our Arts & Cultural patrons to do! As an Arts and Cultural organization, the Annual Gala is your opportunity to celebrate your organization’s past, your current activities and projects, and what is still to come. What about those annual donors who support you every year, or the mother who signs up her children for camp every summer?

Book Club Part 7: NMAI and the Challenge of Cultural Storytelling

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This is the penultimate installment of Museum 2.0's s book club on Elaine Gurian's collection of essays, Civilizing the Museum. But today, a conversation about the often sticky world of cultural interpretation with chapter 20, "A Jew Among Indians" How working outside of one's culture works." As Elaine puts it in the essay, When I was last involved in such an endeavor, it was when the Boston Children's Museum was small, insignificant, and unselfconscious.

ASTC Recap: Questions, Colors, and Reflective Research

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Exhibit labels in science centers ask more questions than any other kinds of museums, and yet the questions are often awful--teacherly, overly rhetorical, and totally meaningless. asked by a cop or mother, garners the full attention of asker and askee alike, museum questions like "what is nanotechnology?," Chuck offered a quote from an advisory psychologist who commented that "children should be the brightest thing in the space."