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Look 9 months into the future ...
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... and you'll see AAM's Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo™ in Houston, May 22-25, 2011. The theme is "The Museum of the Future." And from now until Sept. 10, AAM members can get the lowest registration rate possible — just $299, a savings of $216 off the on-site member registration fee.

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Young children of immigrants: The leading edge of America's future
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Children of immigrants have nearly doubled as a share of pre-K to 3rd grade students since 1990. The share of children under age 8 with immigrant parents stood at 24 percent in 2008, up from 13 percent in 1990. Young children of immigrants account for more than 30 percent of children in seven states. More

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What do Apple, The Guggenheim and Forbes have in common? Curation.
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Finding relevant content and commentary these days can feel like searching for needles in a haystack. Don't fear, a new age of "curation" has been declared. It doesn't matter if you think this is a revolution or just a new buzzword to describe what was already happening, curation aims to filter the web and serve you only the best, most relevant content. More

Visitors bureau to target nine new foreign markets in 2011
Orlando Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The local tourism industry can expect more visitors from nine South American and European countries if the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau's souped-up marketing efforts to those nations in 2011 succeed. In 2009, travel to the U.S. from the newly targeted countries exceeded 2.4 million, said the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Travel Association, which promotes and tracks the U.S. domestic and international travel industry. 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.


Japanese cartoons: The professor to the rescue
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Over the past five months, readers of Big Comic, a Japanese fortnightly magazine, have followed the exploits of a fictitious ethnographer as he gets embroiled in a bizarre plot to force the repatriation of the British Museum's prized objects. ♦ Part of a trend towards using cartoon characters to critique museum practice — including the cats at The Pinky Show. More

Older adults and social media
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While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Although e-mail continues to be the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, many users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications — sharing links, photos, videos, news and status updates with a growing network of contacts. More

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Building shared cultural and spiritual spaces:
Lessons in the mosque debate

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Blogger Sarah Sayeed writes: "It is up to us to stop and notice, especially for the sake of the next generation of Americans, that what is being constructed, in addition to mosques and a cultural center like Park 51, is the architecture of a shared psychic space." ♦ The mosque debate is an opportunity for museums to think about their own roles as shared public spaces. More

Ecotourism not delivering for Maine's economy
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For at least a decade ecotourism has been touted as the future of Maine's tourist-based economy. But the delivery on that promise has fallen far short of predictions. A new report issued by the Maine Center for Economic Policy once again touts ecotourism as the road to prosperity for rural Maine. The report takes a swipe at traditional outdoor activities while suggesting that an investment of $100 million in "new destination development" will be needed to serve what it calls "experiential tourists." More


What's the big idea?
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For a special 10th-anniversary issue of The Chronicle Review, the editors asked scholars and illustrators to answer this question: "What will be the defining idea of the coming decade, and why?" Answers range from "the end of human specialness" to "a new cosmopolitanism." More

Urban legends: Why suburbs, not cities, are the answer
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Demographer Joel Kotkin writes: "The human world is fast becoming an urban world — and according to many, the faster that happens and the bigger the cities get, the better off we all will be. But here's what the boosters don't tell you: It's far less clear whether the extreme centralization and concentration advocated by these new urban utopians is inevitable — and it's not at all clear that it's desirable." More

Dramatic climate change is unpredictable
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The fear that global temperature can change very quickly and cause dramatic climate changes that may have a disastrous impact on many countries and populations is great around the world. But what causes climate change and is it possible to predict future climate change? New research from the University of Copenhagen shows that it may be due to an accumulation of different chaotic influences and as a result would be difficult to predict. More

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Education's future: A teacher, a vision, a website
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Salman Khan, a former hedge-fund manager, is making a lot of waves across the education divide these days. Khan delivers, via his Khan Academy site, a bevy of online courses, ranging from mathematics to physics to finance, to anyone looking to expand their knowledge — without mortgaging their homes to pay tuition costs. Does Sal Kahn represent the future of education? More


'Ask a curator' Twitter experiment hijacked
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Can Twitter, the oft-superficial, 140-character-limited microblog, help to bring the rich, lengthy history of some of the world's finest museums into the 21st century? That was, at least, the goal of "Ask a curator," the global, virtual Q-and-A on Sept. 1, in which Twitter users were able to shoot off their museum-related queries to curators of 343 different institutions worldwide. ♦ At one point yesterday, #askacurator was the most discussed topic on Twitter, which made it a temporary target for spammers. More

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Accessing the Terracotta Warriors by touch — ROM creates Braille replica warriors
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The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has brought in a number of features to make their Terracotta Warriors show more accessible. They have installed four replica artifacts, along with Braille markings, that people can touch. More

Grammy Museum exhibit a hit with shoppers
at Westfield West Covina mall

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Westfield mall shoppers who are seeking some hands-on musical experience can visit its new attraction, "Instruments of Art." The first-year traveling exhibit recreates "Roland Live," an interactive musical installation at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. "What we've done is the Grammy Museum has partnered with the mall to create a small traveling mini version of the exhibit with elementary musical instruments," said Amanda Whiting, representative of corporate partner Roland. More

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Jamestown youths to serve as junior interpreters
at High Point Museum

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One common thread seems to weave itself among four Jamestown students who recently became junior interpreters at the High Point Museum — an interest in history with a desire to learn more about life in the 18th century. Dressed in period costumes, and paired with an adult, the youths will share their newfound knowledge with weekend visitors to the museum's Historic Park. More

Interactive technology to enhance museum experience
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The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, Wash., announced recently an innovative pilot project, PassPort to Discovery™. It is an interactive exhibit system designed to customize the visitor experience at museums and exhibit venues. Onscreen talking avatars greet visitors by name and can paraphrase the exhibit content. A unique gaming element allows visitors to answer questions and earn points — and high scores are displayed. More

Museums sponsor successful food drive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Representatives of several Morris County museums donated some 700 pounds of food collected during the Morris County Alliance for Tourism's "Be Our Guest" open house day. Museums and historic sites opened their doors for free, while encouraging guests to contribute a non-perishable food item for the Interfaith Food Pantry in lieu of the admission fee. More

Tools for the Future

The big idea: Augmented reality
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Imagine bubbles floating before your eyes, filled with cool info about stuff you see on the street. Science fiction? Nope. It's augmented reality. And one day it'll be as routine as browsing the Web. More

For the deaf, new software brings sign language to cell phone video
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In an effort to improve communication for the deaf, engineers at the University of Washington are developing software that transmits American Sign Language over cellular networks. ♦ Museums could also use this technology to increase accessibility. More

Futurists: Guides on the road we'll travel
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The Toronto Star reports on the Ontario College of Art & Design's masters program "of design in strategic foresight and innovation." OCAD is the first school in Canada to offer a "futurist" program — a program that challenges students to research current trends in order to make forecasts for the future. More

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