A museum has an obligation to provide a historical basis for their exhibits and...– Getting Punked: Protesting the Met’s Decadent Appropriation, Hyperallergic Is this true? Do museums have an obligation to provide historical background? If this is the obligation of the museum, what is the obligation of visitor? Can art be appreciated purely for the aesthetic? With enough...
Ask questions. And no question is too silly. Ask the big questions, and ask them...– “Why Can’t You Draw?” by Samuel Rowlett, www.hyperallergic.com
100 Museums to Visit Before You Die | Complex →
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In my line of work, we often talk about the art of diplomacy as we try to make...– Hilary Clinton, “The Diplomacy of Art,” Vanity Fair, February 2013.
An object is just an object, after all, until people imbue it with a...– From: “Downton Abby and the Perils of Preservation,” posted by Desi Gonzalez on Hyperallergic
Why Museums Suck - the teenage perspective →
Teenager Howard Hwang has inspired some interesting conversations at museums about programming for and engaging teenagers. Hwang’s article details his trips to four different LA museums. For the museum rebuttal and conversation, check out artmuseumteaching.com’s post and the comments that follow:...
What do you think? How can we as museum professionals make sure that the museum...– Www.artmuseumteaching.com
9 Amazing Word Cloud Generators For The Classroom →
world-shaker: Here are three (click through for the rest): Tagul - Tagul has some features that Wordle doesn’t, like custom shapes selection and multiple fonts usage in one cloud. It also allows for the use of tagged words that can act as pointers to URL’s if embedded in a web page. It abounds in options but registration may limit classroom use. Requires a log in with email. Word It Out -...
Can we teach and emphasize process more often than product? Can we create an...– http://blog.art21.org/2012/05/30/long-walk/
Three museums across the U.S. are collaborating on exhibitions of California...– Guggenheim, MFA Houston and LACMA to Show James Turrell in 2013 - News - News & Opinion - Art in America Mark your calendars. 2013’s gonna get light and spacey. (via lacma)
Education, of course, is always based on what was. Education shows you what has...– Frank Lloyd Wright, who would have been 145 today. (via explore-blog)
Interesting use of ask me anything function →
The Asian Art Museum answers a question about one of their exhibitions. This is similar to American Art’s Ask Joan of Art program but much less formal. I can see this possibly becoming a great way to answer visitor questions about a museum or a specific work of art.
I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about teaching...– David Foster Wallace’s legendary This Is Water 2005 commencement address. (via explore-blog)
Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by...– C. S. Lewis on fantasy vs. fact, a timeless and timely reminder of the role of critical thinking in making sense of the stories we’re told. (via explore-blog)
Some experiments fail. Some exhibit ideas are lame. Some event components are...– Nina Simon’s latest post on Museum 2.0: Building a Culture of Experimentation
Tour Reflection →
researchcollection: This tour was directed to a very different audience than I have had experience working with on prior tours. I was able to capitalize on the group’s dynamic, knowing that conversations and discussion would happen with little prompt on my part. The trick for me was to present objects that would… A reflection on a tour I recently led as a final project for one of my...
Objectified: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit →
A great documentary that for educators poses the question, what role does design have in arts education? Free screening of this documentary, Thursday, May 17th, 6:30 at the RISD Museum of Art (but first, stop by the Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the RI Convention Center).
2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition →
Check out the work by my colleagues and me, representing our graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design. The show is up at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Exhibition Hall A, May 18-June 2, open daily 12-5pm, with an opening reception May 17, 6-8 pm.
Thesis sent to print
I have just now ordered two copies of my thesis from Lulu, a self publishing service. In honor of that occasion, I thought I would post my abstract here: Based on personal experience working with teachers and following research done in the areas of museum education theory, object and inquiry based learning, and interdisciplinary and integrated studies; this thesis document explores the ways...
All ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million...– Mark Twain on the myth of originality in a letter to his friend Helen Keller, who had been accused of plagiarism. (via explore-blog)
NAEA Responds to Getty Cuts
elgardner: Thank you, NAEA! The National Art Education Association responded to the Getty Museum’s recent employee cuts (19 from the education department alone) in a letter that will be published soon in the LA Times. I couldn’t wait for that to happen, so here’s the letter in full. And for those of you that ask what I’m going to do when I graduate with an MA in museum education, this letter...
Hide/Seek at the Tacoma Art Museum →
I’m excited to see that Hide/Seek continues on and has made it from one Washington to the other. Wish I could be in Tacoma to see this amazing show again!
About half way through finishing my master’s degree I began to realize...– The Importance of Continuing Education and How to Achieve It (via world-shaker)
Hammer Museum’s ‘Now Dig This!’ Show Will Come to... →
Recently on Edutopia.org, we published observations from 8th graders about what...– George Lucas Education: The Single Most Important Job (via world-shaker)
Dallas Museum of Art - C3 →
See differently. See unexpectedly. See art in a new way. Today my Contemporary Practices in Arts Learning class was fortunate to hear from the director of the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art. This space is a fascinating experiment in visitor participation in the art museum. It allows for the educators to develop programming and interpretation practices that can...
Education | DMA Dashboard →
In an effort to make their operations more transparent, the Dallas Museum of Art has created a dashboard for public viewing detailing all of the museums statistics.
SOUND IS ART
exploringsounds: Sound is Art is a blog curated by Margaret Noble and aims to explore and archive the many questions, compositions and ramblings of sound that listeners and creators experience. From abstraction to music, all forms of sound art and experimental recordings are presented there. You can submit your own works, donate, subscribe and of course listen and read about the other...
Some awesome new Art Tumblrs you may not know...
tumblropenarts: LA County Museum of Art Museum of Latin American Art Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego School of Visual Arts Creative Time Bronx Museum of Art Teens MTV Art Breaks MTA Arts for Transit Brooklyn Museum Keith Haring exhibit 56 Bogart/NURTUREart Nipples at The Met End Piece
New Art Tumblrs To Follow #2!
tumblropenarts: Blouin ARTINFO Christie’s Auctions Hirshhorn Asian Art Museum Smithsonian Archives of American Art San Francisco Ballet Ballet San Jose PULSE Art Fairs Art Damaged …And in case you missed it, here is the first edition of New Art Tumblrs to Follow
RISD Museum's New Director Featured in Providence... →
elgardner: “Smith speaks of venturing beyond art as history and placing new emphasis on the materials and process of art making”…Great interview with the new director of the RISD Museum, John W. Smith. Written by David Scharfenberg, the article speaks of the new direction of the RISD Museum under Smith’s guidance. I wish they had spoken more about exactly how Smith is planning to bring more...
how could the unschooling model become a guide for the new direction of the...– Center for the Future of Museums: Unschooling, Museums & Learning Models for this Century
The more deeply we are cast under a story’s spell, the more potent its...– Jonathan Gottschall, author of the excellent The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, on why fiction is good for you. (via explore-blog)
Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement →
revolutionizeed: 3. Connecting the real world to the work we do/project-based learning “Students are most interested when the curriculum applies to more than just the textbook. The book is there — we can read a book. If we’re given projects that expand into other subjects and make us think, it’ll help us understand the information.” What are students looking for when it comes to learning?...
The truth is that everything you do changes your brain. Everything. Every little...– Tom Stafford, writing about the anxiety surrounding brain attention spans in the age of the internet. In short, everything you do changes your brain in some way. It’s better to approach these new cognitive challenges with an even keel, and not through the lens of technophobia. A must read for...
Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? →
revolutionizeed: Parents’ and teachers’ task, he said, is to help kids learn how to “productively daydream.” Interesting article about how teachers are slowly destroying the creativity in students!
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Scientists made a...– Polaroid inventor Edwin Land on embracing failure, among other insights on what it takes to innovate. Also see Land on the 5,000 steps to success. (via explore-blog)