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Elizabeth Merritt

Does the Art World Have a Demographics Problem? | Picture This | Big Think - 0 views

  • experience of the population in our increasingly diverse and still troubled nation.” Perhaps it’s time for art museums to advocate actively for a place in the national educational curriculum, not just for their own selfish survival, but to save culture itself as a important part both of our heritage and of our future as a coalition of creatively, critically
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.
Ruth Cuadra

Our culture excludes the old when they have so much to contribute - 0 views

    The retired have immense experience and are often prepared to work as volunteers. But we are failing to match their talents to our needs; or our talents to their needs.
Karen Wade

Smiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wilderness - CNN Belief Blog - Blogs - 0 views

    An extremely insightful blog post about how different generations tend often to have opposing viewpoints about sharing their experiences in "sacred places" through social media.
    Very interesting. I think this is going to make me self-conscious about taking pictures at historical sites of all kinds.
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.”
Karen Wade

How to defeat Alzheimer's - - 0 views

    Are we willing to spend the money to avert the looming healthcare disaster known as Baby Boomer Alzheimer's?
    This theme seems to be growing in media attention... I think the museum link is on 'creative aging' / therapeutic arts (experiences) ?
David Bloom

An anthropologist explains how hackers are changing the definition of freedom - 0 views

  • Coleman argues that two cultures have been colliding in the United States for years — the culture of hacking and the culture of intellectual property favored by the entertainment industry. Yet this clash has taken place in the shadow realm of code, intellectual rights, and things that glow in the night. The combatants and their weaponry sport strange monikers: Warez, Debian GNU, SOPA. They are fighting for nothing less than what Lawrence Lessig calls the "future of ideas," what it means to be a free individual, and the nature of that elusive beast, software, which is pushing the wave of the future.

5 Incredible Museums and Why You Must Visit Them Today | iBlog - 1 views

    What is a museum? Museums are institutions that collect rare and unique artifacts that have historic, scientific or artistic significance. Their purpose is to preserve and display these items to the public for knowledge and information. Why should you visit a museum?

Cannes Film Festival 2019 Best Dressed - Pics | Female Life Secret - 0 views

    The event we've all been waiting for has finally arrived - the 2019 Cannes Film Festival - and some of our favorite celebs have been looking fabulous in the South of France! The 2019 72nd Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off on May 14 and lasts until May 25, and already we have been seeing some gorgeous outfits from our favorite stars. From actresses to singers and models, so many people have been hitting the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, showing off stunning looks. Selena Gomez arrived in Cannes on May 13 and from the moment she arrived, she's already looked chic. She arrived at the Palais des Festivals for
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