All Kids Need Museums: The Funding Hunt

Amanda SpencerFeatured, P-12 Education, Strategic Plan0 Comments

Children playing at the Reading Public Museum

Amanda Spencer is the grants manager at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA. You can reach Amanda and the museum on Facebook @readingpublicmuseum, Instagram @rdgmuseum & Twitter @rdgmuseum. “Thank you Reading Public Museum and Planetarium for the free field trip….Thanks for the awesome touring and for being nice and answering our questions. Also for letting us touch stuff like the glowing … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 3/3/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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This week’s Roundup shares stories of a big art museum resignation, new museums opening, a whole country celebrating International Women’s Day through its museums and some thoughts about relevancy in these times. Enjoy! 1. The big news in art museums this week was the resignation of Thomas Campbell as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The announcement … Read More

Inside Scoop: Museum Professionals Recommend St. Louis’ Best Eats

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The Annual Meeting in St. Louis is right around the corner (May 7-10). Let’s start exploring the Gateway City. With some of the most innovative and diverse restaurants in the Midwest, St. Louis is quickly becoming known for its food scene. Local chefs such as James Beard winner Gerard Craft of Niche Food Group, owner of Sardella, Pastaria, Brasserie and … Read More

Trusted Sources: Why Museums and Libraries Are More Relevant Than Ever

Dr. David SkortonAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Headline0 Comments

South side of the Smithsonian Castle facing the Enid A. Haupt Garden during summer 2010

Dr. David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian overseeing 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers, including the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Washington, D.C. is a city of symbols. The rites, rituals, and places that define Washington capture the aspirations of … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/24/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

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This week’s Roundup shares stories celebrating one million visitors at NMAAHC, speaking up for arts funding, developing museum professionals, recognizing the importance of fair use and learning how to use data in your museum. Enjoy! 1. Cheers to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture for serving its 1 millionth visitor since opening last September. The museum also reports longer … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/17/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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This week’s Roundup shares stories about the virtues of complexity, #DayOfFacts, alternate reality in service of accessibility, #Art-Less without immigrants, and some tips for crafting a meaningful visitor experience. Enjoy! 1. We’ll kick off this week with Elaine Heumann Gurian suggesting that our culture has overly privileged simplicity over complexity resulting in a broadly divisive ‘us vs. them’ position. She argues that museums “have … Read More

#DayofFacts Questions Answered

Mara Kurlandsky and Allison HartleyAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured1 Comment

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In a recent article, Alli Hartley and Mara Kurlandsky wrote about the inspiration and goals for the #DayofFacts social media campaign taking place on Friday, February 17. Over the course of the past few weeks, they’ve received a number of questions about the role of the campaign in the broader museum field’s response to current events. Here, Alli answers some … Read More