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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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.”. 2019 saw more than 55,000 museums across 150 countries participate. First, be sure to check out the communications tools compiled by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) for participating museums here.

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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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Museum Work

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While many American museums require 37.5 The whole issue of wages gets at the heart of the faulty systems of capitalism, the culture of women’s work, and museums as privilege-concentrating institutions. Museums might earn their philanthropy partly through commercial enterprises, but for a very long time, their workplaces were run very differently. In the last twenty years, or so, professionalization has changed museum work. We are at that museum way more than 37.5

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.

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.

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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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. Exposure to all sectors of museum work is important. Museums are "no" cultures, often for good reason. leadership museum staffThis week has turned out to be the hardest post I've written yet.

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.

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.

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.)

Unleashing Museum 2.0

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In the spirit of this belief, I’ve decided to unleash the Museum 2.0 For that reason, I’m thrilled to announce that over the next two months, I’ll be transferring ownership of Museum 2.0 Seema is a brilliant museum educator, a generous spacemaker, a prolific writer, and a creative troublemaker. She is committed to community participation, equity, and innovation in museums. I know Museum 2.0 I’m excited to reconnect in August and share more about what Museum 2.0

A Decade of Museums and Museum Work

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I was thinking I’d do a few alternative histories of museums for the first post of the last month of the decade. As I imagined a world without the many museum tech projects of the decade, I felt inherently sad about the imagining away the successes that friends and colleagues have enjoying. As I imagined a world without Nina Simon ’s Participatory Museum , I felt sad about all the visitors whose voices (and post-it note comments) weren’t honored.

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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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. I hoped, at this moment of many museum professionals working at home, that I could have some digital lunches.

The Opportunity Your Museum Can Offer

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So when I stumbled across Austin Museum Day , project of the Austin Museum Partnership, I loved discovering that this event is offering free admission to thousands of Austin residents who likely wouldn’t otherwise visit cultural organizations. 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. A: This year will be our 18th annual Austin Museum Day!

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Worst of Museums for this Decade

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These two adages were both in my mind last week when I asked people for the worst museum trends. In this decade museums worst trends were in labor and tech: 1. Suse Anderson spoke about the drawbacks of professionalization: Moves to “professionalise” the sector that make an MA entry level + cost of grad school + systemic under compensation —> further embedding class stasis of who can work in museums, whilst making public arguments for DEAI that contradict institutional actions.

How Museum Hack Transforms Museum Tours: Interview with Dustin Growick

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A new company in New York, Museum Hack , is reinventing the museum tour from the outside in. They give high-energy, interactive tours of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The tours are pricey, personalized, NOT affiliated with the museums involved… and very, very popular. Today on Museum 2.0, How did you first get involved with Museum Hack? Who is the audience for Museum Hack?

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. I recently read “ The Social Media Police: Nonprofit Edition.”

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

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BUT, the commercial sector isn’t the only one that would greatly benefit tech-savvy board members – museums and nonprofits also need leaders who will champion entrepreneurial principles to jumpstart innovation and transform museums into truly modern organizations that are prepared to face today’s world. I recently discussed what it means to be a “museopreneur” in a feature article published by American Alliance of Museums.

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. Nonprofit Management Arts & Cultural Membership Museum Technology Museums

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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Museum launches social media fund-raising campaign -

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Museum launches social media fund-raising campaign - : The Edwardsville Children’s Museum is trying to raise $100,000 by the end of the year through a social media campaign, #SaveOurMuseum

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

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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. The museum has taken Web 2.0

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Museums Pursue Engagement With Social Media - NYTimes.com

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Museums Pursue Engagement With Social Media - NYTimes.com: "SHELLEY BERNSTEIN lives with her computer. Most days she hunkers down in her spartan office at the Brooklyn Museum where, as chief technology officer, she invents ways to keep people visiting the museum and its Web site, brooklynmuseum.org.".

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Audience Engagement Conversation at Western Museums Association

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The Western Museum Association was kind enough to invite me to speak on a panel about engagement at their annual meeting in Boise. Phillip’s early remark about museums was an invocation for everyone. As an outsider, he immediately saw that museums were operating “under a business model that doesn’t work.” He then went on to note that we run museums with the hopes of being supported by philanthropy, when in fact we could have a product that people want.

Best of the Decade for Museums

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Written by Seema Rao Last month, I shared some of my thoughts about the best of museums over the last decades. (I I'll mention now, Kate Livingston, listed Museum Twitter as one of the best things, and I definitely thought this as I read people's responses. Many respondents talked about a fundamental shift in museums from them to us. the (still ongoing) paradigm shift towards museums realizing collections aren’t ”theirs”.

How Hello Museum Builds Intimate Community in one of the Biggest Cities in the World

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We connect with people both professionally and personally, at the museum and on the street. This weekend, I got my answer in Seoul--the 18th biggest city in the world--at Hello Museum. Nestled in a forest of high-rise apartment buildings, this small museum connects children and families with contemporary art. Like the New Children's Museum in San Diego, Hello Museum creates building-wide interactive exhibitions with artists, on themes like nature and #NoWar.

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.

The Event-Driven Museum?

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This is the casual attendance data from my first full month as the Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. This graph is making me change the way I think about what our museum is for and how we should market it. First Friday is not just a Museum event; it happens all over Santa Cruz and has grown tremendously over the past few years. More people come to the event who don't casually visit the museum than the other way around.

Apply Now for the World's Best Museum Job: Mine.

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It's time to make your dreams a reality and apply to become the next executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). When you check out the job description , you'll see the MAH is not looking for museum-director-as-usual. Museum of Art and HistoryHey, you. Yeah you, generous community builder. You, brilliant manager. You, fearless fundraiser. You, playful leader.

Over 100 Museums and Historical Societies Use This #1 Museum Membership Software

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Museum Membership Software can take all the administrative and membership tasks at a museum and automate them completely while you focus on what’s important — your members and your collection

Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk

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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. How can we make museum objects more like dogs? Museum of Art and History Core Museum 2.0

11 Ways Your Museum Should be using Twitter | npENGAGE

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11 Ways Your Museum Should be using Twitter | npENGAGE : recently read “The Social Media Police: Nonprofit Edition.” 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. The Gibbes Museum of Art, for example, does a great job of using Twitter to share announcements about exhibits, raise awareness for their events, and start conversations with groups scheduled to attend the museum (see below)….

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Being Open and Personal – Joining the Museum Trends of 2015

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Trendswatch 2015 , the annual forecasting report from the Center for the Future of Museums , is now available! So when AAM and Blackbaud hosted Trends Watch 2015: Using Open Data and Personalization at Museums with Elizabeth Merritt , Michael Edson , and Stephen Watson , attending it was a definite no-brainer! In case you missed the event, here’s a recap of two of the top trends to watch this year: Open Museums and Content. Personalizing the Museum Experience.

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Museums Test New Ways to Captivate Patrons—With and Without Technology | Nonprofit Quarterly

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Museums Test New Ways to Captivate Patrons—With and Without Technology | Nonprofit Quarterly : 'via Blog this

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

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Recently, we''ve been talking at our museum about techniques for capturing compelling audio/video content with visitors. It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. We ended up with a gallery in the museum instead. The other parts of the gallery are for experiencing the stories, and for connecting with the Museum collection. interview Museums Engaging in 2.0

Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding

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Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding : Smarthistory at Khan Academy is used by museum visitors, independent learners, professors, teachers and their students. There are nearly 600 short-form art history videos created from conversations recorded on-site (in urban spaces, archeological sites, museums, churches and mosques), as well as hundreds of essays on art and art history.

How Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Increased Member Conversion and Retention Rates

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh utilized their resources to develop an innovative retention strategy. Participants earn special stamps when they visit one of the museums or attend an event for a chance to win a grand-prize. The creative technology comes from how Carnegie Museums tracks the stamps. To engage users, while tracking their progress, Carnegie Museums built a program called, Andy CarnegieBot.

Our Museum: Extraordinary Resources on How Museums and Galleries Become Participatory Places

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They wanted to help museums and galleries across the UK make significant, sustained changes in the ways they engage community partners and visitors as participants in their work. The result, Our Museum , is an extraordinary funding program with a focus on community participation. In its first five years, Our Museum yielded real change at twelve diverse UK organizations. You could spend a day getting lost in the meaty, thoughtful writing and videos on the Our Museum site.

Tagging in Museums #blowinguppersonal #notwhatweplanned

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Here are a few of the hashtags I''ve seen applied to photographs of museum objects on Instagram lately: #heytherebigfella #biggysmallistheillest #forbrightfuture #myfavorite #instagood #bestday #withmyhomies #whatever #learnedfromthebest #revolutionary #nowicandie These tags all do a great job capturing the magic of exploring a museum. They position museums as social starting points, experiences worth sharing, braggable moments.

Social Media Best Practices for Museums & Galleries | Litot?es

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Social Media Best Practices for Museums & Galleries | Litotes : "Social Media Best Practices for Museums & Galleries Posted on May 20, 2011 by Sean Redmond Mermaid by Paul Stein Museums deserve better than mermaids. Saw this referenced a variety of places today.

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