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.

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. In the last twenty years, or so, professionalization has changed museum work.

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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.

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. Hello World!

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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. Adding to this equation, more museums are starting to unionize.

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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.

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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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 She is committed to community participation, equity, and innovation in museums. Museum 2.0

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.)

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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. And that’s the core of a successful museum – personal mission.

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). Today on Museum 2.0, How do you advertise Museum Hack?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. Dallas Museum of Art has taken the concept of website and email marketing metrics and made them analogue. The museum has taken Web 2.0

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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.

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. Now, they call themselves a "small neighborhood museum"--in the middle of a city of 9.8

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.

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! 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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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. . Nonprofit Marketing Arts & Cultural Discounts Membership Museums ticketing

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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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. Museum of Art and History programs

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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.

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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.

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One-Man Bands and Museum Labor as an Access Barrier

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I tell the story of the one-man band because I think many museum professionals feel like him. But, most importantly, few museum professionals have a free hand or moment. Museums rarely have the funding to replicate positions. Museums are for people, after all.

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.

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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Tagging in Museums #blowinguppersonal #notwhatweplanned

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They position museums as social starting points, experiences worth sharing, braggable moments. They do something entirely different than what museums professionals thought tags might do for our institutions. Almost ten years ago, museum techies started to get excited about tagging.

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Guest Post by Nora Grant: Lessons from A Year of Pop Up Museums

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This post was written by my colleague Nora Grant, Community Programs Coordinator at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. How can you take something as substantial and precious as a museum and add a pop up twist? guestpost Museum of Art and History participatory museum

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Year Three as a Museum Director. Thrived.

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I''ve now been the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for three years. We talk a lot at our museum about empowering our visitors, collaborators, interns, and staff by making space for them to shine. institutional change Museum of Art and History

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. Many museums, big and small, thrive on events. This isn't true for every museum.

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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. I never saw comparable adjectives used in the European art labels at the museum.

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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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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

Inside a Museum Website Redesign

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When I started at The Museum of Art & History (MAH) in May, one of my priorities was redesigning our website. We are rebranding our museum in the community--not with marketing dollars, but with a singular message about being a thriving gathering place around art and history.

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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.

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Pranksters in the Museum

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Two recent events have got me thinking about pranks and unauthorized activities in museums. Improv Everywhere staged an event at the Metropolitan Museum in which an actor posing as King Philip IV of Spain signed autographs in front of his portrait, as painted by Diego Velazquez in the 1620s.

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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. ASK is part of an overall effort to rethink the museum visitor experience. Many museums have tried arming staff with cheerful “Ask me!”

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