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Ruth Cuadra

Museums: Temples of Delight - 2 views

    Graphical summary of a detailed article that appeared in The Economist. A couple of interesting charts on demographics of museums-goers are included.
Karen Wade

On Ferguson and Related Events: How Should Historic Sites Respond? | Engaging Places - 1 views

    My friend and former colleague, Max van Balgooy, suggests in his latest blog that museums can serve as "third spaces" to allow a safe place for diverse people to discuss and explore sensitive issues, such as those arising from Ferguson and related events. While we often think of "third spaces" being places for like-minded folks to gather informally, should they also provide a place to safely voice hurt and anger. What do you think about this interpretation of "third spaces?"
Ruth Cuadra

ArtPlace America Names 97 Finalists for Creative Placemaking Grants | ArtPlace America - 3 views

    Lots of third spaces in the making here. Look at all the California finalists!
Gina Hall

Zócalo Public Square :: Why On Earth Am I Looking At This? - 0 views

  • Most Museums Have Trouble Connecting To the Public. Maybe It's Time For Some New Ideas.
  • underprepared for their pending encounter with the visual arts
  • many audience members seem intuitively aware of what is missing: more access to the story explaining how and why a work has arrived at this place for their enjoyment.
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  • soldiering through the galleries and paying minimal attention to the exhibits prepared expressly for their viewing
  • reanimated by the opportunities to engage in eating, spending, and talking on the phone—activities compatible with a sidewalk stroll.
  • critical message about the socializing function of the city
  • There is scientific data, too, upon which to build an argument for ensuring that we do better by our museum guests.
  • participation in the arts, especially as audience, predicted civic engagement, tolerance, and altruism.”
  • “[T]he space of the art museum is an inherently public or civic space,” wrote Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, in a recent essay. “Art museums in this context need to be understood as quintessentially urban institutions that play a critical role in defining the intellectual and physical fabric of cities and towns.”
Karen Wade

Slave for a Day? I'm Not Sure This is a Good Idea | Engaging Places - 0 views

    This blog entry and following discussion brings up some very important issues regarding how best to engage visitors when dealing with socially-charged issues, in this case slavery.
Paul Spitzzeri

The Museum of the Future » Reflections on the museum(s) of the future, 2 days... - 0 views

    Qatar Museum Authority's vision of the future and digital engagement strategy
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