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Guest Post: The Denver Community Museum

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This post was written by Jaime Kopke , the founder/director of the Denver Community Museum , a pop-up community-generated institution that ran from Oct 2008-April 2009. The Denver Community Museum (DCM) was a grassroots operation in almost every sense. The DCM was a temporary, pop-up museum which ran from October 2008 - April 2009 in an unused storefront in downtown Denver. Projects design participatory museum guestpost usercontent

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

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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. exhibition guestpost inclusion participatory museum

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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 understand that some museum offer extraordinary, intimate programs. 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 is an incredible museum experience. It’s a thrilling challenge to the traditional form of art museum exhibit design, and better yet, visitors like it. There is no dissonance between the museum’s formal voice and laminate and the visitors’ pens and paper.

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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. It gave me a chance to really think about how we have been opening up our museum and what it means for our community. Museums can be incredible catalysts for social change. We're doing it in Santa Cruz and it has absolutely transformed our museum into a thriving community institution. We see every visitor who walks in the door as a contributor who can make our museum better.

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A Radical, Simple Formula for Pop-Up Museums

Museum 2.0

Pop-Up Museum [n]: a short-term institution existing in a temporary space. Over the past few years, there have been several fabulous examples of pop-up museums focusing on visitor-generated content. There was Jaime Kopke's Denver Community Museum , which existed for nine months in a Denver storefront in 2008-9 to celebrate visitors' creations. Maria Mortati runs the wonderful SF Mobile Museum , which roams the Bay Area showing mini-exhibits on evocative themes.

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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. We made two key decisions that I think are somewhat unusual in doing this work: We tried to create a single message that clearly defines what the museum is about and put that front and center. MCA Denver ) or single rotating image (like JMKAC ). It's an evolving site--just as the museum is evolving. Museum of Art and History marketing design

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

online exhibit developed by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and Ideum. I picked up the phone and got a hold of Jim Spadaccini, founder of Ideum, whose blog post I discovered via a discussion thread on flickr and museums on the museum technology list. website with The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology we???ve This discovery emerged from a question the Museum list about using flickr in a museum context.

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

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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. This is a perfect example of a museum using participation as a design solution. Our colleagues in the Museum of Natural History were eager collaborators. It is great to feel more of a part of the museum!" "All

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

Museum 2.0

I believe that the museum blogosphere is still underdeveloped and there's lots of room for people to share their inspiration, experience, and ideas. When anyone asks me who's doing great work blending online and onsite experiences in museums, I send them to Beck Tench at the Museum of Life and Science. When anyone asks me who's being thoughtful and analytical about social media in museums, I send them to Beck Tench. The Museum of the Future.

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Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

Museum 2.0

In the final installment of Museum 2.0’s s four part series on comfort in museums, we get down to the basics: creature comfort. So for this last piece, we look at going the other way: making museums more physically comfortable. I visited a friend last weekend who works at a coffee shop in downtown Santa Cruz, right next to the Museum of Art and History. And on the walls, my friend explained, was art from the museum itself. Why are museums so darn uncomfortable?

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Why Your Museum Needs a Bar

Museum 2.0

I got my copy of the fall issue of Museums and Social Issues this week. The theme is "Civic Dialogue," and the journal includes articles on the historical, cultural, media, and museum practice of getting people talking to each other (including one by me about such endeavors on the web). The journal includes articles about two thriving adult science programs, one at the Dana Centre at the London Science Museum, the other Cafe Scientifique , at a pub in Denver.

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

Museum 2.0

Start an exploratory project to open a small, probably struggling, museum? Forget your grand dreams and try to weave awesome strangeness into your regular museum job? In Denver there's another way. It involves an exotic museum bedfellow, the suburban real estate developer. Billed as "part art museum, part public forum," The Lab at Belmar is a contemporary art space in a suburban Denver development.

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Framework vs. Sensibility: Separating Format from Voice

Museum 2.0

A museum can be friendly, or serious, or funny, while maintaining a traditional relationship with visitors as consumers of experiences. Community galleries look old-fashioned because citizen curators aspire to emulate the most traditional vision of a museum possible. The Exploratorium and MCA Denver are both masters of pairing fairly standard museum frameworks for audience engagement with an energized, funky sensibility. participatory museum

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Help Bring Museum 2.0 to AAM!: Looking for Cranks, Skeptics, and Leaders

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Dear Museum 2.0ers, I started writing individuals with whom I have prior relationships to put together panels for AAM 2008, and then realized that is SO pre-blog. in museums experience with projects that are "2.0 on the cheap"--with or without technology creating nimble venues and projects within museum monoliths Are you intelligible, intelligent, and potentially available to go to Denver next year?

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The Power of Pretzels

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Clearly these were meant to be distributed as we were 30,000 feet above Ohio perhaps, partway into my flight between Newark and Denver. As I sat on the plane, I thought about all the passengers flying to Denver simply to make connections to their final destinations.

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

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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." I'm not usually that interested in museum politics, but this soap opera is too big to ignore, especially as the conversation has shifted over the last few weeks to something I care a lot about: populism. He was mandated to turn the ship around financially and to expand the reach of the museum in the community.

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Who Counts? Grappling with Attendance as a Proxy for Impact

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When you count attendance to your museum, do you include: people who eat in the cafe? It''s about museum attendance and how the five big, free museums in St. Summertime concerts at the history museum? Outdoor movies at the art museum? The only form of engagement lacking in the article is online participation--which for many museums, could yield the highest numbers of all. If a kid gets dragged to a museum with their parents, do they count?

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Forum One Wins 12 Communicator Awards

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The Frist Art Museum. The Frist Art Museum is a destination for art, culture, and community in the heart of Nashville, TN. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History DIY Exhibits.

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Wandering Down the "Don't Touch" Line

Museum 2.0

How do you help visitors know what they can and cannot do in your museum? Most museums have this figured out: they have signs, they have guards, they have cases over the objects. I grew up professionally in the science and children's museum field, where touching is guaranteed and floor staff spend more time helping visitors learn and ensuring their personal safety than they do protecting the objects. Art, however, does not come to museums pre-hardened.

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

Museum 2.0

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. 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. Tags: children's museums programs

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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. Way better than that video at Museum X where the director drones on about the new initiatives of the year. 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.

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Empowering Staff to Take Creative Risks

Museum 2.0

Last week, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums in Houston, I was honored to chair a fabulous panel on empowering museum staff to take creative risks ( slides here ). 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).

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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 12 Davey Awards!

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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. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. The Frist Art Museum.

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Weekend Reading: 2012 Trends and Young Adult Programs

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The folks at the AAM Center for the Future of Museums have been experimenting with sharing ideas in several ways over the past couple of years--through their blog , their weekly newsletter , and a series of research reports. It's tight, clear writing on seven big ideas on their radar: crowdsourcing, shifting non-profit tax status, pop up museums, online fundraising, creative aging, augmented reality, and education reform.

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Forum One Wins 7 W³ Awards!?

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The Pacific Science Center (PacSci) is an independent, non-profit museum in Seattle with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel passion for discovery, experimentation, and science for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Forum One Wins 10 Vega Awards

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National Air & Space Museum. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight and related works of art and archival materials.

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Forum One Wins 7 W³ Awards!

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The Pacific Science Center (PacSci) is an independent, non-profit museum in Seattle with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel passion for discovery, experimentation, and science for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Public Service, Advocacy, and Institutional Transformation

Museum 2.0

I'm trying to reposition our museum as a cultural hub supporting creative and intellectual community growth. Our conversation made me reflect on the museums that most inspire me from a public service perspective--institutions with missions that stretch far beyond their walls. These museums work differently. I know my museum is very far from these goals--we're still just laying the groundwork to be able to provide consistent cultural services to the community.

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Coming to Your Town, The Art of Relevance in Hand

Museum 2.0

Register Now October 2, 2016: Brooklyn, NY for a workshop and book signing in partnership with Museum Hack, 11am-12:30pm - Ticketed! Registration info TBA October 19, 2016: Denver, CO at the Ellie Kaulkins Studio Loft for NAMP Regional Workshop, 3-5pm - Free! Co-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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Designing Talkback Platforms for Different Dialogic Goals

Museum 2.0

Rabinowitz commented that "as a 40-year veteran of history museum interpretation, I can say that I never learned so much from and about visitors." This is the opposite situation of the previous design goal, one typical in science and children's museums. This can frustrate museum staff, who wonder why the visitors are straying so far from the question posed. Tags: Talking to Strangers design participatory museum usercontent interactives "Where were you last night?"

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Eight Other Ways to "Connect with Community"

Museum 2.0

Last month, the Christian Science Monitor published an article entitled, "Museums' new mantra: Connect with community." It took me a couple weeks (and various museum blog responses ) to realize what bugs me about this article--it treats "connecting with community" as a marketing ploy, a "mantra" rather than a mission. While there is much talk about supporting participation and making museum content relevant, the word "community" hangs like a poorly-defined carrot on a shtick.

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Lead or Follow: Arts Administrators Hash it Out

Museum 2.0

This whole debate made me think about Adam Lerner , the Director and Chief Animator of the MCA Denver. Adam and I first met in 2008, when we were part of a National Academies think tank-ish thing on the future of museums and libraries. All the participants were asked to write one-page position papers about museums and libraries in the 21st century. Adam argued for museums to become "less visitor-oriented," and I argued the opposite.

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Back to Blogging with a Roundup of Terrific Articles

Museum 2.0

And thanks to you for engaging with their posts and with the reruns from the Museum 2.0 She knits together nostalgia and activism with a level of nuance rarely found in debates about the value of museums, libraries, and other cultural spaces. There''s a lot more to unpack here; Reach Advisors took a first stab from a museum-centered perspective with a rousing call-to-action in response to declining attendance. Back to the land of the blogging!

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Dangerous/Ridiculous: Reflections on AAM

Museum 2.0

Last week, I was in Minneapolis for the American Association of Museums annual meeting. Kathleen McLean led a terrific session called "Dangerous Ridiculous" about risk-taking in museums. While I'm always inspired by stories of how we take risks to make programming more relevant and dynamic (thanks, Lisa Lee and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum ), I was particularly struck by Kathy's thoughtful framing of the session. Merilee Mostov and the Columbus Museum of Art.

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Open Thread: How Does Your Institution Say Happy New Year?

Museum 2.0

to reflect some of the new activities at the museum. This year, I've seen everything from heartfelt solicitations ( Young Playwrights Theater ) to surreal pop culture singalongs ( MCA Denver ) to impressively-produced, collaborative, yet poignant pop culture singalongs ( Detroit Science Center , which closed one month after this video was released). It's that time of year when inboxes fill up with digital thank you's, happy holidays, and end-of-year solicitations.

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

Museum 2.0

From a museum perspective, I think there's a lot to learn from these venues' business models, approach to collecting and exhibiting work, and connection with their audiences. 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. I've been spending time recently interviewing people who run unusual cultural and learning venues.

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Quick Hit: Nina on the Road

Museum 2.0

Many of the talks are related to The Participatory Museum and I will have books for sale on all of these forays. Here's the list for the next two months: April 14-17 - Denver for Museums and the Web conference. I'm giving a free talk at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on the evening of the 22nd, and then a free workshop on the 23rd at the National Postal Museum on designing better mechanisms for visitor feedback and response. Hi folks.

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Design Techniques for Developing Questions for Visitor Participation

Museum 2.0

On Friday, I offered a participatory design workshop for Seattle-area museum professionals ( slides here ). We concluded by sharing the tough questions each of us struggles with in applying participatory design techniques to museum practice. The Denver Art Museum's Side Trip poses many specific questions about visitors' experiences with psychedelic rock music, concerts, and drugs. The most reliable question I'm using works in art museums.