Category Archives: Experimenting in Museums

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Evaluation Can Be Fun

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, 2014 Educator-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com One of the great luxuries I value about my time here at the Gardner Museum has been the opportunity to have rather leisurely and unstructured

MA-SURVEY

Evaluation Can Be Fun

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, 2014 Educator-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com One of the great luxuries I value about my time here at the Gardner Museum has been the opportunity to have rather leisurely and unstructured

Screen shot of #captureParklandia’s Instagram gallery via the web app Slidely

#captureParklandia: A Dive into Social Media & Place-Based Digital Engagement

Editor’s Note: As I near the end of my second year as Director of Education & Public Programs here at the Portland Art Museum, I find myself more interested than ever in how a museum can connect with its community

Screen shot of #captureParklandia’s Instagram gallery via the web app Slidely

#captureParklandia: A Dive into Social Media & Place-Based Digital Engagement

Editor’s Note: As I near the end of my second year as Director of Education & Public Programs here at the Portland Art Museum, I find myself more interested than ever in how a museum can connect with its community

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Barriers to Family Engagement in Museums

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, with Elizabeth Margulies, Museum of Modern Art Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com All three families scheduled for last week had to cancel or reschedule so it gave me some time to think and have some great conversations with

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Barriers to Family Engagement in Museums

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, with Elizabeth Margulies, Museum of Modern Art Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com All three families scheduled for last week had to cancel or reschedule so it gave me some time to think and have some great conversations with

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Falling in Love with Your Visitors

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, 2014 Educator-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com I know this sounds a bit too new-agey but it’s what keeps coming up for me after my first full week in my residency at

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Falling in Love with Your Visitors

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, 2014 Educator-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com I know this sounds a bit too new-agey but it’s what keeps coming up for me after my first full week in my residency at

Figure 1: I did this awkward little drawing as a composite memory of many family programs in different museums. While this is from my experience, try a Google image search for "family programs in art museums” and you will find, amidst lots of pictures of kids making art, some images that have this same basic choreography. Yes, the odd tilt of the painting bothers me too.

Towards a More Mindful Practice

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, 2014 Educator-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com Amid many possible areas of exploration I considered for my residency at the Gardner Museum, I decided to see if I can bring more mindfulness

Figure 1: I did this awkward little drawing as a composite memory of many family programs in different museums. While this is from my experience, try a Google image search for "family programs in art museums” and you will find, amidst lots of pictures of kids making art, some images that have this same basic choreography. Yes, the odd tilt of the painting bothers me too.

Towards a More Mindful Practice

Written by Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, 2014 Educator-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Cross-posted from mariannaadams.blogspot.com Amid many possible areas of exploration I considered for my residency at the Gardner Museum, I decided to see if I can bring more mindfulness

Visitors engaging with a sea of all images that were posted on Flickr during a 24-hour period and dumped into the exhibition space in the "What's Next" exhibition at the Future of the Photography Museum in Amsterdam. Photo by foamamsterdam

Meeting the Future Head On: Future Reports, Trends, & Next Practices

“The purpose of strategic foresight is to prime your imagination to envision different futures — some of the many ways that the world could evolve into more than an amped-up version of today.” – Elizabeth Merritt What does the future

Visitors engaging with a sea of all images that were posted on Flickr during a 24-hour period and dumped into the exhibition space in the "What's Next" exhibition at the Future of the Photography Museum in Amsterdam. Photo by foamamsterdam

Meeting the Future Head On: Future Reports, Trends, & Next Practices

“The purpose of strategic foresight is to prime your imagination to envision different futures — some of the many ways that the world could evolve into more than an amped-up version of today.” – Elizabeth Merritt What does the future

Nothing signifies 'play' like this installation by Martin Creed. Photo by Nicolas Mirguet.

Long Live the Spirit of Play: Tracking a Theme through NAEA 2014

By Rachel Ropeik, Brooklyn Museum What do maker spaces, bodily collisions with strangers, and sculptures made of Turkish delight have in common?  They were all part of sessions at the recent 2014 National Art Education Association Convention in San Diego.

Nothing signifies 'play' like this installation by Martin Creed. Photo by Nicolas Mirguet.

Long Live the Spirit of Play: Tracking a Theme through NAEA 2014

By Rachel Ropeik, Brooklyn Museum What do maker spaces, bodily collisions with strangers, and sculptures made of Turkish delight have in common?  They were all part of sessions at the recent 2014 National Art Education Association Convention in San Diego.

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In the Midst of Practice: Reflections on the Gallery Teaching Marathon

By Olga Hubard, Teachers College, Columbia University We all know that one way we grow as museum education professionals is by sharing our practices and the thinking that surrounds them. In most cases we do this through traditional presentations: our

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In the Midst of Practice: Reflections on the Gallery Teaching Marathon

By Olga Hubard, Teachers College, Columbia University We all know that one way we grow as museum education professionals is by sharing our practices and the thinking that surrounds them. In most cases we do this through traditional presentations: our

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Invisible Pedagogies: Expanding the Concept of Education in Museums

Written by Andrea de Pascual Invisible Pedagogies (IP) is a collective that works on the creation of a space in which we can rethink the relationship between art and education. It was born in Madrid in 2009 and was formed

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Invisible Pedagogies: Expanding the Concept of Education in Museums

Written by Andrea de Pascual Invisible Pedagogies (IP) is a collective that works on the creation of a space in which we can rethink the relationship between art and education. It was born in Madrid in 2009 and was formed

Mike Murawski caught live tweeting photos of the Museum Throw Down. Photo by Neal Stimler.

What’s the Risk? Reflections on a #MuseumThrowDown

Last week, ArtMuseumTeaching partnered up with 3 amazing museum educators and the American Folk Art Museum to host the first Museum Teaching Throw Down.  The event was a huge success, and I would like to thank the American Folk Art

Mike Murawski caught live tweeting photos of the Museum Throw Down. Photo by Neal Stimler.

What’s the Risk? Reflections on a #MuseumThrowDown

Last week, ArtMuseumTeaching partnered up with 3 amazing museum educators and the American Folk Art Museum to host the first Museum Teaching Throw Down.  The event was a huge success, and I would like to thank the American Folk Art

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Are you ready for a THROW DOWN?

According to Wiktionary, the term “throw down” was popularized in 1990s street culture, derived from the idiom throw down the gauntlet or “to issue a challenge,” also used in the sense of “to make a stand” or “to stand up and contribute

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Are you ready for a THROW DOWN?

According to Wiktionary, the term “throw down” was popularized in 1990s street culture, derived from the idiom throw down the gauntlet or “to issue a challenge,” also used in the sense of “to make a stand” or “to stand up and contribute

Breakout session at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art during Open Engagement 2013.

Open Engagement: 100 Questions 100 Days

Open Engagement is an annual international conference and gathering that focuses on social practice and socially-engaged art.  For several years, the conference was hosted here in Portland, Oregon, and I was fortunate enough to attend the 2013 conference which linked

Breakout session at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art during Open Engagement 2013.

Open Engagement: 100 Questions 100 Days

Open Engagement is an annual international conference and gathering that focuses on social practice and socially-engaged art.  For several years, the conference was hosted here in Portland, Oregon, and I was fortunate enough to attend the 2013 conference which linked