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Let's help America move!
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How can museums change the world? Maybe by helping our communities raise a generation of healthy, active kids. AAM is working with the American Public Gardens Association and the Association of Children's Museums to create Let's Move Museums and Gardens as part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative. Read the latest CFM blog post for more details.

AAM has lots of deadlines on Feb. 18
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Early Bird registration for the Annual Meeting in Houston. Fellowship applications for the Annual Meeting. Applications for the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Whew!

Millennial Intelligence for Museums

This new national study reveals attitudes and interests of the Millennial generation. Findings outline the ways in which this group will transform learning and leisure. MORE


Exercise and Science

President's budget reduces almost all cultural funding
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For the proposed federal budget for fiscal 2012 almost all of the agencies and museums that receive government dollars saw their checkbooks trimmed. More

State arts agencies face deep cutbacks, elimination
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As many states grapple with yawning budget deficits, state arts agencies are facing steep cuts, and several are in danger of being eliminated altogether. In at least four states — Texas, Kansas, Washington and South Carolina — the governor's proposed budget would eliminate the state arts commissions entirely. More

Immigrants in 'new destination' states
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South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee had the fastest growing foreign-born populations from 2000 to 2009, according to an analysis of immigration trends by the Washington, D.C.,-based Migration Policy Institute. The number of immigrants in those states and 11 others, which the institute brief calls "new destination states," grew by 49 percent or more during that period of time. More

'Mural' and art in academe
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Sean O'Harrow, director of the University of Iowa art museum, says that "I don't think art is considered normal, and this is why — not to refer to certain recent events — I think that's why people refer to art as not important, but as a luxury." The "recent event" is a proposal before the Iowa Board of Regents to sell off a Jackson Pollock canvas to fund student scholarships. More

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Newest trend in the art world? A boom in prices
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Last year brought the highest price for a painting at auction in history, the $106.4 million paid at Christie's New York for Pablo Picasso's 1932 "Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust," a sinuous portrait of his mistress Marie Therese Walter; last November's Contemporary Art Evening Sales at the auction houses in New York came within 17 percent of their 2007 highs. More

The curse of the vanishing mummies
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Egyptian mummies used to be among the most popular displays in British museum collections. But their days as a visitor attraction may be numbered. Increasingly they are being secreted away by curators, hidden away from the public without consultation. More


Feedback loops, forecasting and peak oil
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Small business consultant Steve King writes: "One of the most important things to consider when developing a forecast is feedback loops. These are reactions to an event that either enhance or buffer the event's impact. Feedback loop impacts often cause unexpected results, unintended consequences and failed forecasts." ♦ Uses the example of "peak oil" to describe forecasting tools. More

A window on the archives of the future
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The National Archives has the mission of cataloging millions of records ranging from the important (presidential speeches and decrees) to the mundane (internet tweets) every year, and with the explosive growth of digital media they've found themselves at a bit of a quandary. First off, how do you store the massive amounts of data we generate every day? Then, how do you find anything inside the giant mountain of data? More

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TIME's report on our robotic future: 5 incredible predictions
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The Singularity is coming. That's the belief of Raymond Kurzweil, a futurist and engineer profiled by Lev Grossman in this week's TIME magazine. Kurzweil's particular focus is predicting the point — known as the Singularity — at which the progress of machines will supersede that of humans. More

Rising seas will affect major US coastal cities by 2100
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Rising sea levels could threaten an average of 9 percent of the land within 180 U.S. coastal cities by 2100, according to new research led by University of Arizona scientists. The Gulf and southern Atlantic coasts will be particularly hard hit. Miami, New Orleans, Tampa, Fla., and Virginia Beach, Va. could lose more than 10 percent of their land area by 2100. More

LEDs: The Sensitive Light

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Can parks revive decaying US cities?
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Every city is littered with vacant lots, some cities more than others. Either way, they're a bane to any city. But what should cities do with these toxic properties? One group believes parks are the answer: The Redfields to Greenfields project. More

Dubai: The city of the future exposed at University of California Riverside Museum
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Photographer Connie Samaras refuses to accept filtered versions of information. For her latest set of photos of Dubai, Samaras relied on drivers to escort her into the construction sites and labor camps in the shadows of the 2,717-foot-high Burj Khalifa skyscraper. The resulting images and video are on display in "After the American Century," at University of California Riverside's California Museum of Photography. "The title is referring to the end of America being the default country for future thinking," said Kristine Thompson, assistant curator of exhibitions. More

Commission to explore future of humanities and social sciences
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The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently announced the creation of a national commission to bolster teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Congress asked the academy to tackle this question: "What are the top ten actions that Congress, state governments, universities, foundations, educators, individual benefactors and others should take now to maintain national excellence in humanities and social scientific scholarship and education, and to achieve long-term national goals for our intellectual and economic well-being; for a stronger, more vibrant civil society; and for the success of cultural diplomacy in the 21st century?" More


Picasso + QR codes at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is promoting its new Picasso exhibit with "a portrait of Picasso made entirely of QR codes. When a phone scans the QR image, it is re-directed to a landing page featuring Picasso's work and an invitation to buy tickets to the exhibition. ... Social media supports the campaign by extending the marketing reach all along the east coast, where ... 22 geo-coordinates [from NYC to Richmond] will be activated for detection by Layar phone applications. When the Layar application detects the geo-coordinates, augmented reality images from Picasso's collection will appear on surrounding buildings." More

Citizen cartography: Collectively generated archives of data from historical maps
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The New York Public Library is developing a tool that lets the public take information archived on digitized historical maps, and use it to tag a searchable interface built with Open Street Map. The Map Rectifier tool first overlays these historical maps onto the open, modern-day map, drawing from the library's expansive map database that includes everything from maps of building types for fire insurance purposes to agricultural maps of droughts. More

Smithsonian American Art Museum opens public vote on game-centered exhibit
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum has invited the public to vote on which examples of video game visuals will be displayed at an upcoming "Art of Video Games" exhibit. A voting website unveiled this week allows registered users to vote on 240 nominated games from across 20 different systems, divided up by genre and platform. More

Avatars at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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As of Friday, Feb. 5, visitors to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art can explore the virtual world of avatars in the installation of RMB City Opera. RMB City Opera is an innovative video. It is the work of contemporary Chinese artist Cao Fei. The Nelson-Atkins Museum is the first place in the United States to host this installation, and it is the only place in the world to host it at the moment. ♦ Built using Second Life technology. More

Tools for the Future

50 best blogs for non-profit leaders
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Non-profit leaders don't have it easy. Managing a nonprofit organization often includes organizing volunteers, employees, and perhaps most difficult of all, fundraising. These blogs can offer some help. More

New formats could lift mobile giving
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Donating via cellphone will increase in the months ahead as more carriers drop fees for giving and opportunities grow for people to contribute in different amounts by different methods, the CEO of the Mobile Giving Foundation tells USA Today. Trials are under way to incorporate new donation amounts, such as $20 and $25, and people will soon be able to donate in ways other than texting, for example MMS (multimedia messaging services), mobile barcodes and smart phone applications. More

The future of glass: A seamless world of connectivity
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VideoBriefOn Monday, specialty glass manufacturer Corning released a new video looking into the future ... a future of glass, in which technology is incorporated — embedded, really — into our daily lives. More

Print me a Stradivarius
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The industrial revolution of the late 18th century made possible the mass production of goods, thereby creating economies of scale which changed the economy — and society — in ways that nobody could have imagined at the time. Now a new manufacturing technology has emerged which does the opposite. Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. More

Customer intelligence meets the cultural institution
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Sports franchises, museums, amusement parks and other entertainment and cultural institutions have lot in common. They all try to maximize customer loyalty while coping with variables including seasonality, weather and waxing and waning interest in their core product. More

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