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  • annaanna21 9:40 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink
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    The 10th MAAM Annual Meetings special guest and lecturer was Nina Simon. 

    This year on October 10th MAAM Annual Meetings special guest and lecturer was Nina Simon. She was invited speaker for The annual Stephen E. Weil memorial lecture which was established at MAAM’s 2005 Annual Meeting in Baltimore to honor Stephen E.Weil’s contribution to the museum field.

    Nina Simon was presented as Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, author of The Participatory Museum, and blogger at Museum 2.0.


    Nina Simon’s lecture was very inspiring for me in terms of hearing about various innovative subjects of how to change the Museum strategies how to lead to a way of participation activities and revolutionary changes in a Museum world.

    Furthermore she discussed about her ideas which she works on to develop at Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. Nina Simon mentioned that her favorite part in a museum is blackboard were people can live comments and she tries to read them every day. This way she can be engaged to visitors Ideas and views which are so important for her . She discussed that the Museum has a main goal to become a central gathering place for people who are passionate about art, ideas, and culture. Also she highlighted that her passion is to work with the residents and communities of Santa Cruz. In one of her speech that I think is beautify said she emphasizes : ” This vision is exciting, but its only as good as our ability to deliver on it. We know that lots of people in Santa Cruz county are not currently connected to the Museum, and we’re ready to do the hard work to engage new participants.” Also she suggested to visit a Museum web-site which I think is one of the most participatory museum websites and as a young Director writes itself on her web-site : ” This website is a test zone where we will be sharing new ideas and finding out how you want to be involved”.

    I was amazed by her Lecture and realized how the activities she works on are so important and she not only discuss them in her book “Participatory Museums” but works for making participation everyday activity and inspiration for today’s Museums. Reading her revealing book “Participatory Museums”, I have acknowledged that when people have welcoming places in their local communities to meet new people, engage with various ideas, and be creative, they can make significant civic and cultural change. I liked the phrase in her book which I think describes her Idea pretty straight : ” The cumulative effort of thousands of participatory institutions could change the world. Rather than being “nice to have,” these institutions can become must-haves for people seeking places for community and participation”.

    In conclusion both in her Lecture and In her book “Participatory Museums” Nina Simon discuss of how important it is for cultural institutions to engage visitors with heritage, connect them to new ideas, encourage critical thinking, support creativity, and inspire them to take positive action. Therefore it all can be proceeded through participatory practice.

    Here Is The Link of the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz Site where everyone can share their Ideas and comments : http://www.santacruzmah.org/future/.

  • annaanna21 6:32 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink
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    More Recourses From Visionary Art Museum 

    Giant whirligig by Vollis Simpson. He is a craftsman of brightly painted metal art.

    This is a pic and a Video of a giant whirligig outdoor sculptur part of AVAM collection.

    A Huge Bird’s Nest on the wall and a Musical Instrument Sculpture.

    A nice shiny bus “parked ”near the entrance:))

    Adam Kurtzman’s 11-foot golden Divine Hand

    Andrew Logan’s 8-foot Cosmic Galaxy Egg.

    Eugene Von Bruenchenhein “Out Of This World”. This Artist let his imagination go as far as possible and he was creating images which are amazing , dimensional and reveal the world that we have not seen before.

    Untitled (Seven Panels) by James Franklin Snodgrass, c.1990-94 from the Permanent Collection Gallery.


    Dick Brown’s mosaic Bluebird of Happiness;

  • annaanna21 5:00 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink
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    (AVAM) One of the Best Museums ever :) 

    Hello All

    I wanted to share my resources about Visionary Art Museum. I was very impressed by visiting this Museum and I think its wonderful in a way of its unique existence. As Amy mentioned in her blog post we went there while our visit to Baltiomore at MAAM meeting.

    Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) was founded by Rebecca Alban Hoffberger in 1995. As I researched more about the history of a museum I discovered the inspiration and great humanity hidden under a history of it’s establishment.

    Ms. Rebecca was working in the development department of Sinai Hospital’s (Baltimore) . A program geared toward aiding psychiatric patients in their return to the community and was called People Encouraging People. Just like that Ms. Rebecca began to develop the idea for a visionary museum, an idea that eventually blossomed into the American Visionary Art Museum. Therefore ,Ms. Hoffberger was interested in the artwork created by the patients in the People Encouraging People program, and found herself impressed with their imagination and looking to their strengths, not their illnesses.

    Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an inner personal vision that revels foremost in the incredibly creative art.

    The collections and exhibitions are one of the most impressive and incredible that I’ve ever seen.
    I would like to post some pictures from a current exhibition and also from a collection with brief notes.

    Please check if you’re interested the following Links:

    Permanent collection:


    Here are the pictures

    Link about Paul Lancaster : http://www.greyart.com/lancaster_bio.htm

  • Amyrt 11:38 pm on October 15, 2011 Permalink
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    American Vistionary Art Museum 

    I went to the American Visionary Art Museum over fall break in Baltimore, MD. The founder and director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger was awarded MAAM’s Katherine Coffey award and spoke at the conference so we decided to check it out. The AVAM exhibits artists who are self-taught and may not even be thought of as art to their creator. It exhibits some beautiful and unique artworks. AVAM’s building alone is a work of art made by the community, people brought in old mirrors and created detail on the building and a mirror tree outside. They have a sculpture garden and a separate building where we saw children doing activities. The main exhibit up was “ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma.” The circles are used in different ways such as religious symbols from a Jewish calender to a Native dream-catcher. The artists are people in the community who would normally not be a museum, like an artist who works with toothpicks. The exhibits are relevant to the community and exhibit real people’s work, not artists. http://www.avam.org/stuff-everyone-asks/what-is-visionary-art.shtml

    The best part of our visit was meeting Ms. Hoffberger and Frank Warren founder of PostSecret! He was there to see his postcards on exhibit (The postcard Cori mentioned was NOT in the exhibit). We were encouraged to write to post secret in conjunction with the exhibit. Send your postcard secrets to: PostSecret, 13345 Copper Ridge Rd, Germantown, MD, 20874.

    Sculpture park

    Frank Warren and Rebecca Alban Hoffberger

    "I'm Mormon and I'm gay"

    Frank Warren founder of PostSecret

    • corilinville 4:21 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      so awesome that you got to meet frank! we all know that i LOVEEEEEEE postsecret!!!! im sad that i didnt know that it was there or i would have made my group go and visit the museum when we were there because we were looking for things to go to on Sunday.

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