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Wednesday Poll

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 30, 2011 in polls |

One of the best ways to learn about museums is to visit museums. Lots of them. In class last week, several of us were remarking on how much fun it is to visit museums with fellow museum-folk. And so, a poll. Would you be interested in regular, recurring museum visits with members of the Tufts […]

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Gallery Educator Position

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 29, 2011 in jobs listings |

Just a heads up for everyone: we just posted a time-sensitive great new job on the Announcements page for a Gallery Educator at the ICA. They’re specifically looking for a Tufts student, so check it out! Gallery Educator – Institute of Contemporary Art

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Museums in the News – The Roundup Is Ready for Spring

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 27, 2011 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly museums in the news roundup. Museum keeps pace despite changes and turmoil around the world (C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana) Children’s museum goes for regional appeal (San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, San Diego, California) Raiding the Creation Museum with peaceful pirate atheists (Creation Museum, Petersburg, Kentucky) Riverside Museum in Glasgow […]

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Museums: Educators or Collectors?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 25, 2011 in forum not temple |

I recently finished reading Thomas Hoving’s memoir, Making the Mummies Dance. Hoving was director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967 to 1977. He was a fascinating, polarizing figure, and passed away in 2009; his obituary in the New York Times is a thoughtful summation of his life and work. Hoving had clear, definite […]

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Lessons from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 23, 2011 in forum not temple |

I don’t know how many museums are unionized (I’d love to hear about any, if anyone has some leads), so the specific problem that the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is facing might not have a direct correlation to museums – but other aspects certainly do. Essentially, the orchestra’s private employment difficulties have spilled out into the […]

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Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 21, 2011 in professional development |

The registration deadline for this workshop is TODAY – so run, don’t walk, and sign up! *** Especially for Me: Innovative Ways Museums Can Support Visitors of All Abilities Monday, March 28 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Wistariahurst Museum Holyoke, MA Registration Deadline: March 21, 2011 Registration Fee (lunch included): $50 NEMA members / $60 […]

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Museums in the News – The More Timely Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 20, 2011 in museums in the news |

Welcome to our weekly museums in the news roundup! Attendance spikes at nuclear museum (National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuqueque, New Mexico) Museum will occupy former Real World House (Laogai Museum, Washington, D.C.) Bieber-worn kicks enshrined at Toronto shoe museum (Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada) Film focuses on remote museum in Uzbekistan (Karakalpakstan […]

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Weekly Job Listings

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 19, 2011 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly jobs report. As always, new jobs appear first on their own, separate job announcements page. Director of Education [Brookside Museum]The Director of Education for Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is responsible for furthering the museum’s mission by providing high quality, technologically diverse education programs to a variety […]

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Improv at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 18, 2011 in forum not temple, potpourri |

You might well have seen this already – it’s gone viral in museum circles – but just in case you haven’t: King Philip IV recently signed autographs in front of his Velazquez portrait at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Well, sort of. Scroll down and read the comments on Improv Everywhere’s write-up of the stunt. […]

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NEMA YEP Workshops

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 16, 2011 in professional development |

This week’s professional organization information is about some very useful and specifically targeted workshops for young and emerging museum professionals. We’ve talked about them before, but the first one, called “LEARN,” is coming up soon and you don’t want to miss it. Information below. *** The NEMA Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEPs) PAG understands […]

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Japan

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 15, 2011 in museums in the news |

Though, as CultureGrrl points out, it is clearly too early to worry about and assess damage to museums and cultural sites in Japan, not before the human cost of the earthquake and tsunami has been addressed, it’s still good to hear Japanese museums check in. New York’s Japan society has a good page of information […]

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House Appropriations Letter Supporting Office of Museum Services

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 14, 2011 in forum not temple |

This is a move-fast kind of alert. I just completed the process outlined here by the AAM, and it took two minutes and twelve second. (Yes, I used a stopwatch.) That two minutes and twelve seconds included composing the following paragraph, which I offer here for you to cut-and-paste into the relevant section of the […]

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Audience and the Future

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 14, 2011 in forum not temple |

Those of you who don’t listen to NPR regularly might not know that the public radio organization has been in quite a bit of hot water lately. Most recently, its former head of development was caught on tape saying some rather…ill-advised things. He believed he was talking to representatives of a potential donor; he was […]

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Museums in the News – The Overdue Roundup

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 13, 2011 in museums in the news |

First: sorry for missing last week’s museum’s in the news roundup! I am not always as on top of my intrepid blog editor persona as I’d like to be. As a bonus, this week’s news roundup will be twice as long. I know you’re excited. NH university plans Museum of the White Mountains (proposed museum, […]

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Weekly Job Listings

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 12, 2011 in jobs listings |

Welcome to our weekly jobs report. As always, new jobs appear first on their own, separate job announcements page. Docent, School, and Adult Programming Specialist [Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum]Curator of Education: Docent, School, and Adult Programming Specialist Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum *Overview:* The Woodson Art Museum ­ a 35-year-old, well-supported north central Wisconsin […]

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