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Advocate from home
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Can't join us in Washington, D.C., for Museums Advocacy Day next week (Feb. 27-28)? You can still advocate from home using our Publicity Toolkit or watch live streams of the program at And be sure to share the importance of museums on Twitter with the hashtag #museumsadvocacy.

Exercise and Science Headlines

Do museums still matter?
TVO (Ontario public television)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefIncreasingly, our world is filled with tablets, smartphones and laptops. We move at a pace that would have been unimaginable only a few decades ago. Steven Conn's book "Do Museums Still Need Objects" uses museums as a lens to explore 21st century challenges around public space and civic identity. How have globalization, technology and progress influenced our relationship with the museum? Steven Conn joins a panel of world-renowned experts [including the directors of MoMA and the Royal Ontario Museum] to debate the importance of having a public space to be among tangible artifacts which connect us to the past. More

The Power of Animal Magnetism

A new national survey called “Releasing Wild Success” identifies important new findings about visitor motivations, desires, and behaviors related to animals in cultural attractions. MORE


Nonprofit groups oppose Obama's change in charitable deductions
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For the fourth year in a row, President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups say the change would lead to a dramatic drop in charitable giving. More

Smartphone ownership heavily linked to income level and age
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Smartphone penetration is closely linked to income and age levels, according to survey results released in February 2012 by Nielsen. Increased levels of smartphone penetration correlated with higher income levels among all age groups studied, with the greatest disparity between those making over $100,000 per year and those under $15,000 per year seen among those aged over 45, and the least amount of disparity for those between the ages of 18 and 24. ♦ Does this mean that mobile museum apps that rely on smartphones are reinforcing the wealth gap between museumgoers and non-museumgoers? More

[i]cell technology is hands off

[i]cells offer a “no touch” interface for an intuitive, user friendly interactive that engages with self directed control, allowing a non-linear exploration of content for a sense of discovery. [i]cell technology is available in: [i]connect Kiosks; [i]connect Displays; Artifact Displays and Custom Displays.
See us at AAM 2012 this Spring, Booth #526.

Nonprofit groups trash city plan to charge them
for garbage collection

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Nonprofit groups, already hobbled by cuts in government funds and donations, say a New York City plan to charge them for trash pick-up belongs in the dumpster. Colleges, churches, museums, Jewish centers and other organizations are being surveyed by the city Department of Sanitation to try and determine how much trash they generate. "This amounts to a service cut," said Michael Stoller, executive director of the Human Services Council, a coalition of nonprofit groups. "Donations could help make it up but philanthropists want to help kids and seniors. They don't want to pay for a garbage tax." More


10 travel trends that will shape 2012
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The evolution of technology, the fluctuating economy, as well as many other factors have played significant roles in hotel industry performance in recent years. Analysts from PhoCusWright (a market research firm specializing in the travel industry) offer 10 topics and trends that will shape the travel landscape this year. More

New MiniMax MR16 track fixtures.

MiniMax MR16 O and MiniMax MR16 W set a new standard for quartz halogen track lighting. See what we mean at our website


Are co-ops the way of the future?
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VideoBriefYou can see it in the successes of Zipcars and bikeshares, tool co-ops and even Netflix: Ownership is out and sharing is in. That's the result of a survey conducted by Minneapolis ad agency Campbell Mithun, providing evidence that what is known as "collaborative consumption" or a "sharing economy" should be on the mind of anyone peddling goods or services. More


Art museums have become pointless: They should learn from Christianity
Australian Broadcasting Corporation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Philosopher Alain de Botton argues that "art museums often abdicate much of their potential to function as new churches (places of consolation, meaning, sanctuary, redemption) through the way they handle the collections entrusted to them. While exposing us to objects of genuine importance, they nevertheless seem unable to frame them in a way that links them powerfully to our inner needs." More

How to get ahead in US museums
The Art Newspaper    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Senior curators who want to step up and run a museum have to overcome a credibility gap in the eyes of many trustees seeking a director. Agnes Gund, the president emerita of New York's Museum of Modern Art, grew increasingly frustrated while sitting on selection committees because curators were being put "in last place." Four years ago, she did something about it, launching the New York-based Center for Curatorial Leadership. More

New museums to shine a spotlight on civil rights era
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drive through any state in the Deep South and you will find a monument or a museum dedicated to civil rights. But now, a second generation of bigger, bolder museums is about to emerge. Collectively, they also signal an emerging era of scholarship and interest in the history of both civil rights and African-Americans that is to a younger generation what other major historical events were to their grandparents. More

Augmented reality photo exhibit adds musical score to the visuals
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The "Project Paperclip" photography exhibition in Portugal is using augmented reality and QR codes to enrich the viewer experience, demonstrating applications for the technology in the fine arts. The concept, by Portuguese photographer Nuno Serrão, aims to give visitors a different interpretation of the photographs on display by using soundscapes to create a multisensory experience that is reactive and adaptive. More

Arts institutions in midst of major restoration
Crain's New York Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced plans for a $60 million renovation to turn the four-block plaza in front of its entrance into an urban oasis with dancing fountains and trees from the Palais Royal in Paris. The upgrade is just the latest in a slew of building projects at cultural institutions across the city. ♦ Is this the harbinger of a new wave of museum construction projects across the land? More

Tools for the Future

App helps blind to send text messages
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New technology to help blind people text using touchscreen mobile devices has been developed. Researchers at Georgia Tech produced the app — to be made available on Apple and Android devices — based on the Braille writing system. ♦ Can similar technology be used for accessible signage and interactives in museums? More

In South Korea, Kinect and RFID power
an augmented reality theme park

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South Korea's Live Park taps both RFID and Kinect to create what it calls the world's first 4-D avatar theme park. Using what it calls a "mixed reality architecture," the park allows the visitor to create an avatar and become the main character in a unique, augmented reality adventure. Sixty-five attractions over seven thematic stages contribute to the experience, which uses 3-D video, holograms and augmented reality to immerse guests. More

Report: Google's 'Terminator specs' coming this year
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There's been speculation for a while about Google working on a pair of high-tech specs that would literally present information right in front of your eyes. If a New York Times report is to be believed, these augmented reality glasses could be nestling neatly on our faces before the end of the year. More

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