In Support of Idiosyncrasy

Museum 2.0

People often ask me which museums are my favorite. I visit lots of perfectly nice, perfectly forgettable museums. In some cases, that's based on subject matter, as at the Museum of Jurassic Technology or the American Visionary Art Museum. Other institutions are idiosyncratic in their relationship to their environment, like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, or to their community, like the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

Community Science Workshops and Shared Authorship of Space: Interview with Emilyn Green

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There are lots of great science museum resources, but not where these kids can walk after school. So the Community Science Workshop model is to put a drop-in, FREE community science center in a place that is walkable to kids'' lives and schools. We received two rounds of NSF funding in the 1990s to expand. We received NSF funding for three years and then it cut off. We''re really different from traditional science centers in our funding model.

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The Truth about Bilingual Interpretation: Guest Post by Steve Yalowitz

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I recently read the BERI report on bilingual labels in museums and was blown away by its findings. in Applied Social Psychology and has evaluated and researched informal learning experiences in museums and other visitor institutions for over 20 years. is a controversial topic, and the same is true in museums. If someone asked you whether museums should or need to have text in more than one language, what would you say?

ExhibitFiles: Interviews with Initiators Jim Spadaccini and Wendy Pollock

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The whole process of developing an exhibition tends to get stuck behind a museum's doors. Wendy: Part of the thinking was that NSF supported the book Are We There Yet? , NSF requires grant applicants to build on prior knowledge--where do you get it? And with NSF's support, some of the very first things we did were around people developing traveling exhibits. So if NSF is funding it, is it only for science exhibitions? NSF seems to be perfectly happy with that.

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