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Ruth Cuadra

In the future you will own nothing and have access to everything - 1 views

    Sign me up! I'm ready to own nothing and have access to everything. Are you?
Karen Wade

Center for the Future of Museums: Robots for Accessibility: Help Henry Spread the Word - 0 views

    Increased accessibility through robotics to museums and countless other places is no longer a dream of the future, it's a reality in many large institutions. The challenge now is to translate these advances for use by the masses.
Karen Wade

Here's a museum that tells blind visitors: Please touch! - 0 views

    Another museum that considers all of it visitors!
Karen Wade

Museum 2.0: Museum 2.0 Rerun: I Am An Elitist Jerk - 1 views

    If you haven't seen Nina's blog this week, it's a "must read!" It's an important reminder that there are many different types of museum visitors out there, and while we should all provide access for a diversity of audiences, we don't want to forget those elitist jerks (especially since you and I may fall into that category more often than we'd like to admit).
Karen Wade

Museum of New Hampshire History Apologizes To Abby Duffy, Blind Girl, For Taking Her Cane - 0 views

    Museums need to have more than policies regarding access, they need to train (and train thoroughly) both paid and volunteer staff. This story makes me cringe, but I also am not overly surprised. Let's just make sure a similar incident doesn't occur at our institutions!
Karen Wade

West Covina business owner hit with multiple ADA lawsuits - - 0 views

    The "down" side of the ADA
Ileana Maestas

Making Sense with Paul Solman | PBS NewsHour | PBS - 0 views

    Writer Michael J Sandel's book "What Money Shouldn't Buy" speaks to the growing "marketization" of our society. He asks strong moral questions about paying for access to fundamental parts of our society like equal representation. In this interview he does not address the marketization of arts or culture but I can see some of the warning signs he brings up. Is access to museums up for sale?
Karen Wade

independence today - 0 views

    A great article about the Missouri History Museum's work in recording the history of the disability rights movement.
Karen Wade

Physical Disability | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials - 0 views

    Discussion of accessible instructional materials for people with physical disabilities--includes a good breakdown of types of mobility impairments. There also are links to pages concerning various forms of sensory disabilities.
Karen Wade

Cognitive Disability | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials - 0 views

    This overview focuses on accessible instructional materials, but also includes a good breakdown of various types of cognitive disabilities.
Karen Wade

A Museum Visit For Art Lovers With Alzheimer's : NPR - 1 views

    Another great program for visitors with memory loss and their care givers-and this time also involving middle school students.
Karen Wade

NN living museum and autism school team up - Daily Press - 1 views

    Another great example of a museum serving visitors with autism.
Ariane Karakalos

The Portland Art Museum Transforms an Exhibition Into a Social Platform | Fast Company - 0 views

  • museum borrowed from social networking platforms and created a dynamic ecosystem that invites different
  • evels of involvement from three types of people--creators, commentators and consumer
  • The museum's bold step was reaching out to creators--Portland's creative community--and inviting them to make their own exhibitions and events exploring the creative revolution in China as part of the total China Design Now exhibition experience.
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  • To extend community involvement online, the museum created where sixteen different blog editors from the community contribute content and editorial perspectives daily.
  • While including potentially offensive underground comics and "amateur" art may make some traditional museum-goers uncomfortable, the museum believes that inviting people to be part of the experience is necessary to remain relevant and worth the risk.
Ariane Karakalos

The Cost of "Free": Admission Fees at American Art Museums - 0 views

  • Museum theorists such as Elaine Heumann Gurian point out that admission fees may be the single biggest obstacle preventing museums from fulfilling their missions as educational institutions that are open and accessible to the widest range of visitors from all income levels and backgrounds. But is the financial position of most art museums so precarious that the 5 percent of operating budget provided by admissions fees is indispensable to the survival of the institution? Is there a middle ground between free admission and a standard entrance fee?
  • Potential visitors—especially families with children—are often concerned about the financial costs associated with a museum visit, such as transportation, parking and lunch. As the costs have risen, visitors expect greater value for their admission dollars.
  • Many of us have visited museums and seen the words “suggested donation” or “recommended amount” next to the admission fees. The actual amount collected per visitor is often significantly lower than the suggested amount
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  • he Art Institute of Chicago switched from free Tuesdays to free Thursday evenings, from 5-8 p.m.
  • At the time of this writing, there is not much more than anecdotal evidence available on the desired result of racially and ethnically diverse visitors during free evening hours, but the Art Institute of Chicago has every reason to believe its change in free hours achieved this. “We had Chicagoans in the museum who reported that it was their first-ever visit,” Lee said. “We had parents telling us that they were grateful that the free hours allowed them to easily bring their children after work. We had more visitors per free hour than we did when the free hours were on Tuesdays.
  • the competing priorities of ideology, practicality and economics. By designating periods of free admission to attract the infrequent visitor, museums can more easily justify charging an entrance fee on a regular basis
  • Cool Culture, an inventive nonprofit formed in 1999, has created a family pass to 71 cultural institutions in New York City. The pass is intended for low-income families, and the program’s primary clients are Head Start and other subsidized child-care centers. Two-thirds of participants have household incomes below the federal poverty line.
  • Although transportation is not provided, participants can visit at any time and return as many times as they wish.
  • Cool Culture’s success is in the numbers: Families who have the Cool Culture Pass are four times more likely to visit a museum than families without the pass, according to Linda Steele, executive director.    
  • one might logically conclude that museums with no admission fee will attract larger audiences and thus have a better chance at earning more revenue within the museum: more visitors, more sales in shops or restaurants. Upon closer scrutiny, this assumption may not be true.
  • museum visitors who did not pay an admission fee were likely to spend even less on additional goods or services than the average visitor who paid a fee to enter, even they were not museum members.
  • responses from museums of various sizes, settings and budgets. The most commonly mentioned benefits of free admission were service to the community and accessibility to a more diverse audience. Increased exposure, attendance and public relations opportunities also ranked high, as did improved opportunities for individual, corporate and foundation support. The primary drawbacks were lost revenue and the inability to build a membership base. Security concerns also figured prominently.
  • Do Not Touch” signs in art exhibitions. Of the 15 responding museums that offered limited free admission days or hours, more than half reported a significant difference in visitor demographics: seniors, large family groups, school groups, disabled persons and drug or alcohol recovery groups were most likely to attend at these times. Museums in Seattle, Scottsdale, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area all reported an increase in student visitors on free admission days. Sue Cake, a longtime docent at the Oakland Museum of California, observed that free admission days enabled teachers to assign a museum visit as part of a class lesson, likely a factor for increased student visitation at many museums.
  • can discount or waive admission fees on a case-by-case basis. “The experience should have value like a movie, going out to eat, a concert or any other leisure-time activity,” said Deputy Director Amy Oppio. “It is . . . important for guests to believe in supporting the organization and its mission.” 
  • Not all respondents shared Oppio’s view. One of the survey questions asked about the ideal admission fee structure. Of the 24 museums that responded to this question, 30 percent said that free admission is the way to go. Midge Bowman, executive director of the Frye Art Museum, responded that art museums “should be free as public libraries are. Without this open admission, they remain elitist institutions.”
  • ents we write and the act of imposing an entry fee,” she wrote. “Museums, if they remain oriented toward their paying customers will not . . . feel motivated to become essential elements within the community and an important educational resource for all individuals wishing to learn.”
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