Welcome to our fresh baked new column entitled Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News. Here we’ll pick 5 stories from the week that we found relevant, intriguing, fun or all of the above.
1. We’ll start this week’s roundup with a shout out to zoos and aquariums for reminding us of the wonders, diversity and, well, cuteness of animal life with the #CuteAnimalTweetOff. This is the way to start the weekend!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled selection of depressing news stories and dismaying tweets to bring you the most amazing thing that happened on the internet today. The amount of cute animals you are about to see is almost unhealthy. Almost. Zoos and aquariums across the nation participated in a very important #CuteAnimalTweetOff today.
2. The Women’s March events from last weekend, with millions of participants worldwide, have become the largest protest in U.S. history. Museums quickly stepped up to the task of preserving history in the making by collecting signs and ephemera from the events.
The various Women’s March events across the world produced some epic protest signs – from witty quips about small hands to more serious placards about women’s reproductive rights.
3. Many museums are grappling with how to better diversify their audiences, collections, staff, and programs to reflect their communities. The Crystal Bridges museum is widening the scope of its diversity and inclusion efforts through collection development, a bilingual exhibition, and the hiring of staff focused on diversity and inclusion. How is your museum addressing these issues?
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art built its foundation on the idea of access for all, and the museum is taking steps to continue living up to the mission this year.
4. Here’s a fun story featuring our National Monuments in starring roles — including some AAM Accredited museums. While we heard about the 2017 Oscar nominations earlier this week, let’s take some time before the awards ceremony to celebrate our beautiful historic places!
The Antiquities Act may sound like a dusty old piece of legislation, a relic of a bygone era that long ago ceased to have relevance for average Americans. But you will spill your popcorn to learn that the Antiquities Act-considered America’s first preservation law enacted in 1906-continues to play a critical role in protecting places across the country that have been featured in some of Hollywood’s best-known blockbusters.
5. Wrapping up this list on a more somber note, today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. How does one recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day? In this story from lohud, Millie Jasper, executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center in White Plains, suggests we each “become an upstander, not a bystander.”
CLOSE Millie Jasper understands that six million is a tough number to get your head around. Jasper, executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center in White Plains, helps tell the story of the Holocaust, of six million Jews killed by the Nazis and their collaborators.
Do you have a great museum story to share? Let us know in the comments!
Have a great weekend.