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The genomics of art, education & commerce
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Can a new for-profit venture, fueled by nonprofit experience, help more people love art? Read the interview with Christine Kuan, chief curator at (a website for exploring and buying art), this week on the CFM Blog.


American households are getting smaller — and headed by older adults
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The average size of the American household has diminished by about one person over the past 65 years or so, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The average population per household now stands at 2.55, down from 3.67 in 1948. Much of that decline is attributable to the growth in 1-person households, which have almost quintupled in number from 1960. More

The Splurge Traveler

When family budgets are tight, what experiences move families deeply enough to open their pocketbooks for something truly transformational at museums around the country? PGAV Destinations’ nationwide study reveals what’s most important for visitors when picking what special experiences to splurge on at museums, science centers, and historic sites.

America's young adults: A generation on the move
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VideoBriefAmerica's young adults seem to be hitting the road; moving out of their parents homes, leaving marginal jobs and crossing state lines to new environs and better employment opportunities. The latest Census data reveal that young people aged 25 to 29 are increasingly more mobile and willing to move to new cities, very often in new states, in search of jobs. More

A color-coded map of the world's most and least emotional countries
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Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The more times that people answer "yes" to questions such as "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?", the more emotional they're deemed to be. ♦ This raises the question: Do different national museums appeal to emotions differently? More

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Generation Y and inheritance (it's time to have a talk)
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Colleen Dilenschneider says that "if you have an adult child under 35 years old, you may want to talk to him or her about their inheritance — which may well help explain their remarkable optimism about their financial futures! Data suggests that there's a rather significant expectation delta between millennials and their parents on this front." ♦ Key fact: Parents plan to leave their millennial offspring little more than a tenth of what the children expect to receive! Not clear how much of the rest might go to museums instead. More

5 charts about climate change that should have you very, very worried
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Two major organizations released climate change reports this month warning of doom and gloom if we stick to our current course and fail to take more aggressive measures. A World Bank report imagines a world 4 degrees warmer, the temperature predicted by century's end barring changes, and says it aims to shock people into action by sharing devastating scenarios of flood, famine, drought and cyclones. More

Children's Museum of Denver
Drives Future Revenue

Birthday parties make up a noteworthy portion of the museum’s revenue. JCA Answers was instrumental in helping Children’s Museum of Denver (CMD) to take a more strategic approach to marketing its birthday parties. It allowed CMD to access school group visit information and analyze past party data to identify opportunities to increase revenue. Read full case study

Museum Innovations

Dallas Museum of Art takes bold step of offering free general admission and free memberships
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Beginning Jan. 21, the Dallas Museum of Art will take the unprecedented step of offering an unusual one-two punch: Free general admission and free memberships, making it the first art museum in the country to do so. The DMA will still charge for special exhibitions, but those with free memberships will be allowed to accrue points or "badges" that may allow them to attend some exhibitions for free. More

Masterpieces on loan leave MFA walls lacking
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Some of the most famous masterpieces from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts have been lent to serious and scholarly museum shows in the United States, Japan and Europe. Agreeing to such loans is common practice, and builds goodwill for when the museum asks to borrow for its own exhibitions. However, the MFA, eager to raise revenues, is also renting out many of its most prized works of European and American art to for-profit enterprises. More

Hacking the museum — thoughts on building a biohacker space
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Ane Pilegaard Sørensen writes that "At [the University of Copenhagen's] Medical Museion we're currently working on the project From Kitchen Sink to Museum: Doing and Debating Synthetic Biology, in collaboration with biohackers from the Copenhagen 'maker space' Labitat. We have invited the biohackers to use the museum space as their space — as a laboratory where workshops and events will take place, thereby communicating concepts of bio hacking. ... However, the fusion between museum space and hacker space has proven challenging at both conceptual and practical levels." More

Indianapolis as a Science Museum — urban infrastructure for science learning
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VideoBriefUrban ecologist Tim Carter says that "Many cities have structures that facilitate informal science learning, such as museums, zoos or science centers, with programmatic activities and exhibits that use well-researched modes of learning to increase knowledge with the participants. Less attention has been paid to spaces and places in existing urban neighborhoods as curated opportunities for science learning. We propose to build a science museum in the city of Indianapolis using the city itself as the museum space." More

Kid stuff at the Clark Art Institute
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"Any museum that starts down the twisty road of cultural democratization can lose sight of its overarching mission," argues critic Terry Teachout. He then describes one attempt to "reach out to new viewers without compromising their time-honored function" — the uCurate program at the Clark Art Institute: "Visitors to the Clark are invited to download a digital app that allows them to design imaginary art exhibitions made up of pieces in the museum's permanent collection, then enter them in a competition whose winners get to install their shows in a gallery at the Clark with the help of the staff. The Clark's first uCurator is Giselle Ciulla, an 11-year-old girl." More

Tools for the Future

Indoor map tech poses challenges, opportunities
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In an experiment with a mobile technology that has digital cartographers intrigued worldwide, the [Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta] introduced a new "you are here" app feature this month that shows smartphone-toting visitors exactly where they are inside the museum. ... Because much of the outdoors — at least in the developed world — has been thoroughly mapped, digital cartographers view indoor space as an untapped but potentially lucrative field for delivering navigation, pushing out location-relevant information and promoting deals. ♦ Last week Google also added 10,000+ floor plans to the desktop version of Google Maps. More

For green buildings, the codes beat LEED
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The U.S. Green Building Council's building rating system remains a common benchmark for the building industry, and it has decent brand recognition. But it's largely by default. The certifications are losing cachet among just about every constituency it needs to endure. Building codes, believe it or not, are more nimble and effective. More

Gloves translate sign language into speech
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One problem that deaf people often come across when using sign language is that most non-deaf people aren't familiar with it. Now the Ukraine-based Enable Talk project has come up with a way to make digital sign language translation mobile. The device consists of a pair of gloves worn by the sign language user, which contains 14 flexible sensors, a microcontroller and a Bluetooth transmitter on each hand. The sensors instantly and continually detect the words that are being signed, and this information is then sent to the Enable Talk app on the conversation partner's smartphone. More

Miami's art gamble has paid off — Can Atlantic City follow suit?
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With Art Basel Miami Beach nearing its 11th anniversary, it may be difficult to look past the glare of Swarovski crystals to a time when the city was defined less by its jet-set art scene than by its murder rate, persistent mayoral corruption, and cocaine consumption (actually, maybe that last one still applies). ♦ Flashiness aside, a good discussion of how cultural tourism can contribute to urban renewal. More

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