Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/22/2017

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1. The last few Roundups have centered around museums and natural disasters with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Unfortunately, this week the theme continues with sad news of an earthquake in Mexico, which is already responsible for more than 200 deaths, and another hurricane devastating Puerto Rico. Our thoughts are with all of our colleagues and the people in these affected … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/15/2017

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1. In the U.S. we’ve talked quite a bit about the place of confederate statues and names reflecting that past in our communities. Here’s a story where a Dutch museum takes action to change its colonialst name. Dutch Art Museum Chooses to Change Its Colonialist Name On Thursday, Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art announced that it has … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/8/2017

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1. Last week’s Roundup focused on Houston and the effects of Hurricane Harvey. This week the southeast is bracing for Hurricane Imra, which has already devastated island communities in the Caribbean. Our thoughts are with everyone in the potential path of this storm. In the spirit of resilience and preparedness, I love this story that focuses on how zoos prepare … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/01/2017

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Last week Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and other parts of the gulf coast. Our thoughts are with our many museum colleagues affected by the storm’s effects. This week’s Roundup shares some of the museum stories from and about Houston. This Is How Museums In And Around Houston Prepared For Hurricane Harvey Over the past five days, Tropical Storm Harvey, the … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 8/18/2017

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1. We’ve all been grappling with topics of violence and hate following last weekend’s events in Charlottesville. Many museums have condemned the Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups staging the rally including this powerful statement from the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Holocaust Museum Asserts That Neo-Nazism Has No Place In America The United States Holocaust Museum has added its voice to the … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 8/11/2017

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1. Have you ever wondered what happens when a museum releases 375,000 images into the wild with no restrictions? Loic Tallon, Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gives us a 6 month status update on the Met’s Open Access initiative. Celebrating Six Months of Open Access, plus The Met on Google BigQuery Loic Tallon discusses the impact of the … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 8/04/2017

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1. For 25 years the Getty Foundation‘s Multicultural Internship Program has funded paid internships for underrepresented minorities at dozens of cultural organizations across Los Angeles in an effort to develop museum professionals who better reflect the diversity of the city. Changing the city’s cultural profile is slow work – but it’s making a difference according to Getty Foundation Deputy Director Joan Weinstein. … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 7/28/2017

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1. The National Museums of Scotland has launched a ‘contactless donation experience’. The museums wanted to “make donating as easy as dropping a coin in a bucket” while integrating “the act of giving into the visitor experience, providing something both visual and interactive.” This article is an interesting primer on integrating new types of philanthropic experiences. Making Contact: Digital experiments … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 7/21/2017

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1. The House Appropriations committee has voted to fund the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the National Endowments for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts (NEA). This defies the president’s budget proposal which called for the elimination of the agency and endowments.  Your advocacy efforts matter, and it’s time to keep the pressure on! A Bill Funding Arts … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 7/14/2017

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1. This week craft retail store Hobby Lobby was all over the news when it agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi relics smuggled into the United States wrongly labelled as samples for its stores. Hyperallergic looks at the big picture surrounding the case. Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case Last … Read More