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

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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

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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

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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

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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

#DayofFacts Explained

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#DayofFacts is an international social media campaign occurring on February 17, 2017. Alli Hartley and Mara Kurlandsky developed the concept as a day where institutions share mission-related content using the hashtag #DayofFacts. Alli and Mara share this first of two posts on the idea behind the campaign. On February 17, museums, libraries, archives, science centers and other cultural institutions will take to social media platforms … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/10/2017

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This week’s five opens access to 375,000 images, ponders preserving the spirit of punk rock, immerses into virtual reality, writes social stories and develops risk-takers. Enjoy! 1. Earlier this week the Metropolitan Museum of Art made a big announcement that it would change its open access policy to allow use of 375,000 collection images for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of … Read More

What Are You Going to Build?: Creating a ‘Brighter World’ through International Exchange

Alexandra RoeA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking0 Comments

We stood near the back of a crowded art room surrounded by mismatched couches and stools where students fresh out of class and/or work for the day were seated: one rummaging through her backpack, a few typing away on their smartphones, most with their eyes trained on us. By complete chance, our tour of the AS220 art space in Providence, … Read More