A great summary of some of the museum fields best thinkers discussing participatory culture.
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I am in Chicago for fall break and wanted to share my experience at the Art Institute of Chicago.
While viewing the Impressionist works, I noticed a group of young kids (probably 5 years old) wearing yellow shirts. They were part of an “art and creativity” education program. The children were accompanied by adult educators and gathered around examples of Monet’s paintings. After asking the group questions about specific paintings, the educators encouraged the children to draw in their sketchbooks. It was great to see the children engaged with pieces of art in the gallery.
This was a great example of Simon’s book in action.
As we discussed in class we will use this thread (and this thread alone, just “reply”) to discuss our reactions to Participatory Museum, especially in relation to Nina’s new role as Director of the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, CA.
Here are some links that details this work that you should read to prompt a discussion of her ideas as presented in the book, and now her short track record as director.
Cover article feature in Good Times Santa Cruz magazine
Some of her Museum 2.0 blog posts releative to her new(ish) job (pick some that look interesting to you)
On Saying Yes: http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2011/09/on-saying-yes.html
Does Your Audience Really Need to be Hip: http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2011/09/does-your-institution-really-need-to-be.html
Fundraising as Participatory Experience: http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2011/09/fundraising-as-participatory-practice.html
Empowering Staff to Take Creative Risks: http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2011/05/empowering-staff-to-take-creative-risks.html
Find your own!
Just a discussion thread for people to share thoughts on reading.
I researched further the Frank Warren PostSecret project. The amount of responses to this ultra personal postcard project was intriguing from the get go. There are no restrictions, no need for a name, and only one requirement: “What’s a secret you’ve never told anyone?” I immediately started to wonder if I were to participate, what I would write and if it would too have a cute art counter piece. After doing some further reading and research, I was inspired to find that there is very little interaction with the host site, http://www.postsecret.com/, and the people who are submitting their secrets. Unlike so many other community sites built on people’s participation, this one seems to flow with very little interruption from day to day.
Don’t forget to change out your generic avatars to something representative of “you”
Let’s use this thread to discuss the first five chapters of Participatory Museum and for you all to post which of Simon’s examples/case studies you decided to investigate deeper. Simply “reply” to this thread.
Here is the link for Nina’s blog. Newest post is about fundraising and very interesting.