A great summary of some of the museum fields best thinkers discussing participatory culture.
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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!
Well, there is another update on the Simon book. I just looked on the website to check it out again and its back up and running. So I guess those who read online have a choice between which source they would like to read it on. Personally, I prefer reading on the participatory museum website.
So after searching for about 5 minutes, I found another link to the Participatory Museum. Its on google books. The whole book is on there for free. So if you have been reading it online like me, this is a great find.
Here is the link:
Just a discussion thread for people to share thoughts on reading.
Nina Simon Our Green Trail link
I had a lot of fun checking out this project Nina Simon mentioned on pg 46 of her book. The Our Green Trail, created by the Boston Children’s Museum is a fun educational online extension of the museum’s exhibit that educates children about “green” behavior. I signed up to participate in the activity. After entering all my information into the online network, I was able to make a house in the neighborhood and start playing the game as the “Bump” family. However since it is a children’s museum I was supposed to have kids to participate- so my online family includes my husband and our two “kids” (cats Bella and Curry)… After taking a few challenges we were able to purchase a rain barrel with our earned points.
This is an excellent project and great way to keep visitors connected to the museum even after they have visited. As an online patron from another state I am able to connect to the exhibit without having ever visited the site. I am even planning to forward the site to my Brother-in-law in Oregon, who has 4 kids that would love playing on the site. This leads me to a question though… Can an institution give away too much online? Does this fulfilling online experience encourage me to visit to museum?
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.