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Games, games, games…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on August 27, 2013 in education, food for thought, technology |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Games have been on my mind a lot this week. I know a lot of people who spend their incredible brainpower building games for museums, like Kellian Adams Pletcher with Murder at the Met, or Susan Edward with the Getty’s Switch (which I admire for its incredible simplicity!). I’ve even built a few games […]

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Learning from 100-year-old Museum Education

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on July 25, 2013 in education, food for thought |

Check out this amazing story from the Sunderland Museum. In 1913, their curator came up with a program for blind visitors–adults and children–to let them explore objects. Architectural columns, historical gas masks, and scores of natural history specimens were included. Make sure you scroll to the end of the article to see the clay models […]

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Unofficial tours, taken to the next level: Hack The Met

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 27, 2013 in food for thought |

Here’s an interesting piece by GalleristNY about “Hack the Met,” a highly unauthorized tour operating inside the Met, drawing new, young, often-techie New Yorkers into a dialogue that covers everything from medieval armor and musical instruments to Thomas Gainsborough…. with flasks. Mr. Gray, who grew up in Georgia and moved to New York in 2007, discovered […]

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“Facebook Home” paints a less-than flattering picture of museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 23, 2013 in food for thought |

Watch it online and don’t forget to read the comments. They’ll boost your spirits back up.  

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Quick – save the Marathon Bombing objects!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 23, 2013 in food for thought, material culture, museums in the news |

Rainey Tisdale, one of our own professors here at Tufts, has been agitating for a museum to step up to collect the objects relating to the Boston Marathon bombing before they disappear. Listen to her in this interview on WBUR, which aired this morning: http://www.wbur.org/2013/04/23/saving-marathon-memorial-items.

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How Museums Respond

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 16, 2013 in emergency preparedness, food for thought |

by editor Phillippa Pitts Museums talk a lot about being members of their communities, meeting niche needs and providing unique third spaces. Today, some of the museums in Boston stepped up beautifully. Below is just a rough screen capture snapshot of how our community responded to the Marathon Monday bombings. Starting with the Boston Children’s […]

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Worth Reading: Why Fast, Cheap, and Easy Design Is Killing Your Nonprofit’s Brand

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 14, 2013 in food for thought |

by editor Phillippa Pitts We’re all familiar with the well-intentioned but poorly executed museum YouTube video, Twitter stream, or online publication. Some of us are even guilty of creating them. We work hard, even with limited resources and training, to keep pace and keep creating high quality products. However, there might be a problem even […]

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Recommended Reading: An Expose on IAE, International Art English

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 29, 2013 in food for thought |

A user’s guide to artspeak Why do so many galleries use such pompous, overblown prose to describe their exhibits? Well, there’s now a name for it: International Art English. And you have to speak it to get on. Andy Beckett enters the world of waffle. Read more on The Guardian’s website

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What can museums do for sick kids? [Repost]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on December 8, 2012 in food for thought |

Got a good idea? Add your comment to the MuseumNext conversation post below…   Last week my two-year-old son was admitted to hospital, and for the past week he has been confined to a ward. Brody is crazy about dinosaurs and animals, and much of the time has been spent watching The Land Before Time and playing […]

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Talking Point: “This is not an Artwork”

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on December 6, 2012 in food for thought |

Check out this article by Slate on art that has been “written off,” “devoid of value,” “destroyed,” yet still here and now, on exhibit again. Read the full article.

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Guest blog: The Role of Arts Organizations in Civil Society

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 26, 2012 in conferences, food for thought |

This weekend, the Tufts Museum Studies blog will be joining the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in a global discussion. This 5-day conference brings together 50 young leaders from across the arts (dance, theater, and museum) to meet with experts. Three of the questions on the table have been sent out for bloggers in the […]

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For a bit of levity…

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 24, 2012 in food for thought, museums in the news |

  The New Yorker Wades into “Curator” Confusion  

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Food for Thought: Should Museums Accession lolcats?

Posted by Amanda Gustin on July 9, 2012 in food for thought, technology |

Go and read Suse Cairns‘s fascinating exploration of native digital objects and art, and how museums can think about them and deal with them. Bonus interview with Tom Woolley, New Media Curator at the UK National Media Museum. (He’s responsible for a Life Online gallery that has a constant video of memes on it. If […]

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Google World Wonders Project

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 8, 2012 in food for thought |

Initial reaction: OMG COOOOOOOL. More measured response from Max Van Balgooy of Engaging Places: Google Launches World Wonders Project.

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Food for Thought: Making a Museum from Scratch

Posted by Amanda Gustin on June 6, 2012 in food for thought |

In case you haven’t seen this, Ed Rodley at Thinking about Museums has had a really, really fascinating, thoughtful, and thought-provoking series of discussions lately. He’s playing out a thought experiment that starts with a basic premise: how would you create a museum from scratch? That is, how would you incorporate all of our current […]

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Food for Thought: Recognizing Holidays

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 16, 2012 in food for thought |

The third Monday of April is recognized in Boston as Patriots Day. On paper, it’s a commemoration of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, one of the major events – perhaps THE major event – during the beginning of the American Revolution. Every year, there’s a large reenactment in Lexington and Concord. Local Minutemen reenactors […]

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Food for Thought: Radical Trust & The Decentralization of Curation at TED

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 12, 2012 in food for thought |

If you’re looking for fascinating and thoughtful reading about social innovation and the future of nonprofits, look no further than the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s blog. A recent post on that blog, “A Platform Worth Spreading,” discusses the decentralization of the TED conferences and how sharing has actually strengthened, rather than diluted, their model. How […]

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Food for Thought: FailFaire

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 17, 2012 in food for thought |

I’m going to make what I think is a fairly safe assumption and call most of you overachievers. Grad school is tough. Museums are tough. People who do both have a lot of passion and a lot of talent. Probably you’re not thrilled about the idea of screwing up. What if someone gave you a […]

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Food for Thought: Visitor Inflation

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 8, 2012 in food for thought |

Merriam-Webster’s defines inflation as “a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services.” We’re most familiar with the concept in an economic context. Each year, a dollar buys less. In times of high inflation, it buys a lot […]

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Food for Thought: Museums & Historic Sites

Posted by Amanda Gustin on January 30, 2012 in food for thought |

We’ll call this an occasional series, which means when we have content, we’ll run it. The basic idea is to present a quick idea and get you thinking. If any of our suggestions catch your eye, and you’d like to write a response post, we’d love to publish it. Leave a comment and we’ll be […]

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