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One museum's embrace of demographic change
Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This week on the CFM blog, Patricia Lannes of the Nassau County Museum of Art writes about empowering new immigrants through art. NCMA's innovative work with immigrants is featured in CFM's new report on Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums.

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Philanthropic funding realities in the new economy
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The stock market has started to rise. Unemployment figures are dropping. Think the worst of The Great Recession has already happened for non-profits? While signs indicate that the economy has begun to stabilize, the prospects for the non-profit community remain bleak, reports Sandra Wood in a study commissioned by the Connecticut Humanities Council. More

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State of the states 2010
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The nation finally may be clawing out of the longest recession since the 1930s. But states still are groping to find the bottom of a fiscal crisis prolonged by historic revenue drops, eye-popping budget deficits, double-digit unemployment in more than a dozen states and rising demands for social services. More

Wealthy are making bigger gifts to charitable causes
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America's wealthiest donors are making far bigger gifts to charitable organizations in 2010 than they did a year ago — but far fewer of them are giving $1 million or more to charitable causes, a Chronicle of Philanthropy analysis has found. More

All Museums Can Learn from NASA Participatory Exploration

A masterplan for Kennedy Space Center incorporates PE in a museum. The implications for the future of museums go beyond the innovative NASA model. Read more.

Top 10 cities with the worst commute, global edition
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If you live in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal or Paris, you might think you have the worst commute in the world. After all, most New Yorkers, Los Angelenos, Montréalais or Parisians think nothing of sitting in a cloud of smog on the way to work each morning. Guess what: Those cities didn't even break the top 10. More

Rural migration alters landscape of rural states as 'sponge cities' grow
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Reports of rural outmigration are nothing new, but new research suggests many of those former ruralites may not be moving to sprawling metropolises like Chicago or New York. Instead these migrants may be moving to urban areas within predominately rural states like North Dakota, creating so-called "sponge cities." More

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Cognitive surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected age
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"For much of my childhood, the low point of the weekend was marked by the television program Songs of Praise," writes Clay Shirky. "I would sit, watch and listen to people singing hymns for an hour on Sunday evening and eke out whatever meagre meaning and significance I could. There was no alternative — it was that or bed, so I endured." More


7-in-10 adults don't see economic improvement coming
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A combined 7-in-10 U.S. adults think the economy will stay flat or deteriorate in the coming year, according to the results of a new Harris Poll. As of June 2010, just 3-in-10 U.S. adults, 30 percent, say they expect the economy to improve, while 2-in-5, 42 percent, say it will stay the same; 28 percent believe it will get worse. Expectations for the next six months are even dimmer. More

Closing the digital frontier
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The era of the Web browser's dominance is coming to a close. And the Internet's founding ideology — that information wants to be free, and that attempts to constrain it are not only hopeless but immoral — suddenly seems naive and stale in the new age of apps, smart phones, and pricing plans. What will this mean for the future of the media — and of the Web itself? More
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Scientists develop new approach to predicting losses from disasters
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A group of engineering and scientific experts have developed a new model to better predict losses due to natural and man-made environmental disasters. Researchers say their approach has the potential to assist emergency planners and other disaster preparedness experts reduce negative impacts through improved prediction. More

Great debate around culture policy
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The two-day stakeholders culture conference that held at Bolingo Hotels & Towers, Abuja under the auspices of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation was seen by many ministerial watchers as a landmark development and probably, a harbinger to an end of the prolonged call for a National Culture Policy for the country. ♦ What can American cultural institutions learn from debates about the future of cultural funding in other countries? More

The future of social relations
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The social benefits of Internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts who responded to a survey about the future of the Internet. They say this is because e-mail, social networks, and other online tools offer "low-friction" opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people's lives. More


Suburban studies herald the onset of peak cheap oil
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Folks in Shawnee, Kan., want a national museum to study suburbs as a way of life and cultural phenomenon: "Enough, say the Johnson County civic leaders planning a National Museum of Suburban History. Their contention: With more than 50 percent of the country living in places like Shawnee, it's past time to take the suburbs seriously." ♦ Snarky wags at The Gawker added that this was "Just in time for the demographic shifts that will turn suburbs into America's new slums" — but the suburbs deserve serious analysis, in museums and elsewhere. More

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Getting real at natural history museums
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Higher education blogger Thomas H. Benton writes, "Four years ago, after an absence of more than 20 years, I visited the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia — perhaps the most familiar haunt of my childhood — with a child of my own, who, at that time, was 7 years old. I was expecting to find the museum mostly unchanged. ... Instead, much of the museum of my memory was gone." ♦ A critique of many museums' turn away from "real" objects. More

Museum helps save Iraqi treasures
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After nearly two decades of bombing in Iraq, the priceless Nimrud ivories were covered with mold and reduced to near-rubble. Terry Drayman-Weisser, the director of conservation and technical research at the Walters Art Museum, knew she had to do what she could to help get the treasures repaired, even if it meant flying to a country where Americans are still being targeted. More

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Floating museum idea wins Matt Drury an award
The Journal (Newcastle, U.K.)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Innovative designs for a series of floating museums to host the historic Lindisfarne Gospels have landed a prestigious award. Northumbria University architecture graduate Matt Drury came up with the idea for a string of museums in the sea off Holy Island, where the Gospels could be kept in environmentally-controlled conditions. Six of the units would be built on rocks which, like Holy Island, would be accessible for part of the day and then be cut off by the tide. More

National Archives makes history into show and tell
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The National Archives is one of the world's massive repositories of history. It is so filled with artifacts and stories that its catalog of items is numbing. No collection is more in need of careful curation and a simple show-and-tell model to bring things alive. And so it is great to see the Archives launch its own video series in tandem with Independence Day. "Inside the Vaults" is an attempt to make its collections more accessible to the public and to bring some of the personality behind the institution forward. More

Artifacts from Oregon State Hospital aid play's authenticity
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Talk about strange bedfellows: On one hand we have "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," a play that depicts Oregon State Hospital as a malevolent force bent on crushing the individual. On the other, the planned Oregon State Hospital Museum, whose mission will be to tell that hospital's story in a positive light. More

The Children's Museum to start a preschool in the fall
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Preschoolers who love The Children's Museum will now have the opportunity to go to school there. The museum will open a preschool this fall for up to 72 children, ages 3 to 5. Children can attend one, two or three mornings a week and will spend about half their time in the museum's galleries. More

Tools for the Future

Fingertip-mounted haptic interface lets you feel virtual 3-D objects
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Tired of seeing 3-D renderings of objects on your screen and being unable to grab and fondle them? Just slip your fingers into the firm grip of Japanese haptics robot HIRO III. Driven by 15 independent motors, its black phalanges provide real-time force feedback to your hand, precisely simulating the weight and contour of virtual 3-D objects — a pretty wild paradigmatic leap forward in interface technology! More

How to build the greenest city in the country
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In Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's 2008 inaugural address, he announced his goal to make the city the "greenest" in the country by 2015. Nutter quickly created an Office of Sustainability and later instituted Katherine Gajewski as director. SmartPlanet spoke with Gajewski recently about how far the plan has come — and what more needs to be done in order for Philadelphia to reach its ambitious goal. More

Tourism on your phone: Why it matters to Philadelphia
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With tourism, it's all about where you are. Exactly where you are. In Philadelphia, the past month has seen a wash of mobile geo-location tourism applications launch in and around the cradle of liberty. Trends say those deals and the mobile tools they employ today will help to profoundly reconfigure how tourists experience this "greene country towne" in the future. More

The Wav of the future: Audio tours via cell phone
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WavBall tourism information service is now available at five local historic sites. Here's how it works: Signs are posted with a toll-free number visitors can call from their cell phones to hear audio descriptions of the places they're visiting. During the Independence Day weekend, WavBall provided audio tours at the Cape River Heritage Museum, Glenn House, Fort D, Old St. Vincent Church and the Red House Interpretive Center. More

Objects' stories, trackable and brought to life online
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Minnesota-based Itizen aims to let anyone associated with a particular keepsake, gift or interesting thing tell, share and follow its life story. Those interested in beginning a story for a particular good start by affixing an Itizen TRACKit tag to it — both stick-on and sew-on versions are available. Then, they can either type in the tag's alphanumeric code or scan its QR code for automatic connection with its record. There, they can share the item's story. More

Novel University project tackles future of space exploration
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Top students from 35 nations around the globe have kick-started this year's activities at Singularity University, taking on a set of humanity's grand challenges — an agenda that includes recasting the future of space exploration. ♦ Singularity U. is an experiment in applied futurism; so far, the focus has been on technology. More

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