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Your cheapest ticket to 'The Museum of the Future'
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Join AAM for the 2010 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. Visit to register or for more details about the meeting.

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Fast facts for back to school
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America's schools and colleges will welcome back large numbers of students this fall as population increases and high enrollment rates continue to be reflected in more students in America's schools than ever. In particular, record numbers of prekindergarten and kindergarten students are expected to enter the nation's public school systems. More

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US ranks fifth in new global survey on giving
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The United States tied for fifth place with Switzerland in a new survey on giving habits in 153 countries, with Australia and New Zealand taking the top spots. The "World Giving Index 2010" found that 60 percent of Americans had donated money to an organization, 39 percent had volunteered their time to an organization, and 65 percent had helped a stranger in the previous month. 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.


Nonprofits a surprising bright spot in national jobs picture
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Nonprofit employers are providing one of the few bright spots in the country's dismal employment picture this Labor Day, according to new data released by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies. Initial analysis of data on 21 states spread broadly across the country reveals that nonprofit employment actually grew by an average of 2.5 percent per year between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009, the worst part of the recent recession. ♦ According to these data, even the "arts & entertainment" sector, which includes museums, experienced a small increase. More

A stress test for America
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In an exclusive analysis of the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Detroit ranks as the most stressful place to live and work, while Salt Lake City lays claim to have the least stress-inducing attributes. ♦ Do museums have a role in reducing urban stress? More

How 'relevance' killed the public library
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For fear of being branded elitist, British libraries have ruinously sacrificed silence and good books for cafés and DVDs. More

Workplace generational guide
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Technological advances are often cited as the most important reasons for change. But there are also rarely discussed social factors fuelling it as well. That's the opinion of father-daughter team Larry and Meagan Johnson, Phoenix-based workplace training experts and authors of Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters — Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work. More

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Adults, cell phones and texting
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Texting by adults has increased over the past nine months from 65 percent of adults sending and receiving texts in Sept. 2009, to 72 percent texting in May 2010. Still, adults do not send nearly the same number of texts per day as teens ages 12-17, who send and receive, on average, five times more texts per day than adult texters. More


How to shrink a city
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Since cities first got big enough to require urban planning, its practitioners have focused on growth. But cities don't always grow. Sometimes they shrink, and sometimes they shrink drastically. Now a few planners and politicians are starting to try something new: Embracing shrinking. More

Open data: Empowering the empowered
or effective data use for everyone?

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Informatics expert Michael Gurstein writes: "The open data movement in the area of access to public (and other) information is a relatively new but very significant, and potentially powerful, emerging force. But efforts to extend access to 'data' will perhaps inevitably create a 'data divide' parallel to the oft-discussed 'digital divide' between those who have access to data which could have significance in their daily lives and those who don't." More

The future of art: Shattered, international and incomprehensible
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Whether you call it "post-postmodern," "altermodern" or "nonaesthetic," contemporary art is less tenuous than ever. Disparate threads of post-colonialism, globalism, commercialism and (insert preferred –ism, ad infinitum) work to intertwine the international community of artists and, at the same time, chip away at our notions of artistic discipline, medium and purpose. More

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The latest strategy for struggling art museums
St. Petersburg Art Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Behold: The single-painting show. Instead of large variety shows, like MFA's current extravaganza "American Impressionism" with its 100 works by 70 artists, small shows both in Europe and the U.S. are drawing audiences. Can it be that less is really more, that more is just too dizzying to take in? More

Nonprofit's success a model in tight economy
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The creation of Dayton History from the merger of Carillon Historical Park and the Montgomery County Historical Society is a financial success and could be a model for other nonprofits amid Ohio's tough economy. More

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Futuro: Exploring the short life span of the future
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Cinco, a creative studio based in Argentina, has conceptualized a new project called "Futuro" that explores the constantly evolving state of the future. The project used a humanoid as its central character by dressing him up with illuminated pipes and cables and walking him on the streets of Buenos Aires. More

For sale: T. Rex, good condition, woolly mammoth, needs repair
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For more than five decades, the fiberglass dinosaurs of Prehistoric Forest have loomed goofily over the entrance to this Lake Erie tourist town. Now they are facing extinction. Mom-and-Pop roadside attractions are struggling for their meager share of the tourist dollar. They suffer from a weak economy, changes in travel habits and kids unlikely to be wowed by stationary dinos and miniature golf after watching "Avatar" in 3-D or slashing their siblings with Wii swords. More

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Multimedia exhibit for dogs
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Recently, the gallery Matilha Cultural ("Cultural Pack of Dogs," in a free translation), in São Paulo, Brazil, hosted a series of exhibitions and activities aimed at every man's best friend. The práCachorro ("forDog") show, which received animals and their owners, had various attractions such as cinema, visual art, a space dedicated to pet adoption and a special menu for dogs. Interactive multimedia installations provided special moments between humans and dogs. More

Children's Museum Preschool offers arts, science, culture
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Imagine being a 4-year-old and having an entire museum as your preschool classroom. That's exactly the case for Ruth Beery and 71 other children enrolled in the inaugural semester of The Children's Museum Preschool. More

Detroit Institute of Arts puts up life-sized copies of paintings outdoors
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The Detroit Institute of Arts is putting up ornately framed reproductions of some of its most significant paintings on the streets of southeast Michigan as part of a celebration of its 125th anniversary. The life-sized digital copies look as if they've been pulled from the museum's walls and will be on display through November. More

Tools for the Future

Incubator for socially focused ideas
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Just as it takes a community to raise a child, so too it takes a community of peers and advisors to launch a new business idea. That's roughly the thinking behind U.K.-based Bethnal Green Ventures, a new school for people who want to use the Web and mobile tools to create social change. More

How to have more insights
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Neuroscientist David Rock writes, "we can dramatically increase the likelihood that an insight emerges. My own research on this shows up to a 500 percent improvement in having insights can be reached, by following a few simple rules. Here are some of the big discoveries about insight and the brain, to help you have more of them." More

The Open High School of Utah releases open educational curriculum
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This week the Open High School of Utah — a public online charter high school — announced the release of ten semesters of openly licensed curriculum materials. The OER are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. The resources are available via OHSU's OpenCourseWare portal. ♦ Part of a trend towards open-sourced resources for formal education; so far, museums have only played a small part in this movement. More

Apps as tour guides through New York museums, step by step
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The next time you're about to visit a museum, do yourself a favor and drop in on your favorite app store first. Most institutions have not yet created a mobile app, but as a group, museums are headed in that direction. In the last few months, free apps were released by the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History, in New York; the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (which also has an Android app). More

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