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Food for Thought: Architecture With a Purpose

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 24, 2012 in architecture |

Check out this TED talk by Joshua Prince-Ramus. He and his architectural firm have designed a number of cultural spaces through a process he calls hyper-rationality, by listening to the needs of the space and providing the flexibility in which to serve the public. I was particularly struck by his responsiveness to the social aspects […]

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Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen

Posted by Amanda Gustin on April 11, 2012 in exhibition design, tufts events |

Save the date! This years Exhibition Design class has been hard at work on a brand new exhibit at the Tufts Art Gallery, and they’re holding the reception on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Here’s their announcement: Save the Date: Opening Reception of Elements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn […]

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Here and There: Interesting Women in Boston’s History

Posted by Sarah Margerum on March 13, 2012 in events, Uncategorized |

Here: First, visit Historic New England’s Otis House on March 18 to learn about the Williams sisters who ran a boarding house on the site in the later half of the 1800s. There: Next, visit the Paul Revere House on April 22 to learn about Rachel Revere’s struggles during the Revolutionary War. Visit Historic New […]

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Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Summit

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 9, 2012 in emergency preparedness, learning opportunities |

Something about the idea of emergency preparedness appeals to the obsessively organized part of me. Do you feel the same? If so, you might want to check out this upcoming meeting. New England Regional Summit Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions COSTEP MA is pleased to announce a second summit meeting for the New England statewide […]

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Survey on Contemporary Objects in History Museums

Posted by Amanda Gustin on March 7, 2012 in collections, future of museums |

Please take a few minutes to help a fellow museum studies student out. Leslie Howard, who’s completing an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard and is NEMA’s Membership Manager, is writing her thesis on collecting contemporary objects. Do you have an opinion on whether museums should collect contemporary objects? Do you work at or know […]

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More on AASLH’s Museum Education Workshop

Posted by Amanda Gustin on February 10, 2012 in education, workshops |

We already mentioned that there’s going to be a terrific AASLH workshop in Boston in March; here are some more details to tempt you to sign up. The registration for AASLH’s Museum Education 101 workshop scheduled for March 15-16 in Boston, MA, is now open at www.aaslh.org/workshop.htm.  The workshop is hosted by Historic New England […]

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Here and There: I Hear Music

Posted by Sarah Margerum on February 6, 2012 in events |

Here: First, attend Gardner After Hours: Equinox and be sure to add on tickets for the Tribute to Lena Horne concert when you purchase online. There: Next, attend How Creativity Works at the Museum of Science which includes drinks, activities, and most importantly, a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. Visit the Gardner to purchase […]

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Designing an Exhibit: The First Ladies

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 30, 2011 in exhibition design, technology |

The Smithsonian has more resources than most of us can dream of, but what really impresses me is the way in which they put their resources to work. Their blogs are fantastic. They mix in stories from interns, volunteers, donors, curators, registrars, and many other staff members to present the whole story of an institution […]

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Davis Art Museum @ Wellesley College: New Gallery App

Posted by Amanda Gustin on December 23, 2011 in technology |

Wellesley alum Hannah Heller, who’s now an MA candidate in Museum Education at Tufts, sent us this great video about the development of the new app for the Wellesley College art museum. It looks like an interestingly interactive model, prompting visitors to really engage with objects on a thoughtful, emotional level.

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Here and There: Get Your Hands Dirty

Posted by Sarah Margerum on December 19, 2011 in events |

Here: First, drop in between 11am and 2pm on January 28 at the deCordova’s one day installation, Snowdecahedron. Join local artist Dan Sternof Beyer and participate in making snow sculptures. There: Next, sign up for a two day pottery workshop at Fuller Craft Museum on February 8 and 15. Suitable for beginners, this workshop covers […]

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