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

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

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1. Happy 30th birthday to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago! I remember visiting the museum back in its early days, under a previous name and before significant expansions. The Chicago Tribune’s Lori Waxman reviews the museum’s anniversary show explaining that it’s more than just a party. National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th with a protest party It’s … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/30/2017

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I hope everyone is celebrating independence in advance of our upcoming July 4th holiday! This week’s Roundup shares stories about social bridging, serving new audiences, learning from controversy, and creative techniques for audience engagement. Enjoy! 1. Museums often target certain distinct portions of their audiences in designing and marketing programs. Nina Simon, executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/23/2017

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1. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), offers his perspective on the noose that was placed at NMAAHC and other locations on the National Mall. This is a must read and reminds us of the important space of dialogue museums provide. Opinion | A Noose at the Smithsonian Brings … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/9/2017

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1. There are a multitude of practices worth exploring to create impactful engagement with museum visitors. Some museums have been dipping their toes into virtual reality for its potential to deliver through immersive storytelling. Check out this VR project by Oscar-winning film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu that “strives to recreate fear, anxiety and uncertainty experienced by migrants on their long, … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/2/2017

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Happy weekend! This week’s Roundup shares stories about commitments to environmental sustainability, collection digitization (advances and detractions) and a hateful incident at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 1. Earlier this week President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. There have been a multitude of responses to this action, notably that mayors, … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/26/2017

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Happy weekend! This week’s Roundup shares stories about Memorial Day, the President’s budget, global professional development, 3D digitization and 404 errors. Enjoy! 1. While Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the kick off of the summer fun season in the United States, its true purpose is to honor the people who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces. The … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/19/2017

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This week’s Roundup shares stories about the evolving role of museums in our communities, diversity and inclusion, governance, a new take on the mobile app, and the Museopunks podcast. Enjoy! 1. Last week during the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, the Alliance’s own Nicole Ivy and Missouri History Museum’s Sarah Sims sat down with St. Louis Public Radio to talk about … Read More