MIDEA Posts by Holly Witchey

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Hi my name is Holly Witchey and I’m a terrible housekeeper. But it all balances out because I love my work and am having a terrific time this semester.  Like all of you I’m balancing a lot.  Teaching two of my favorite classes (Ethics at JHU, and Museum Studies at CWRU), prepping a new class […]

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The Wisdom of MIDEA Members

The Wisdom of MIDEA Members

I hope by now you’ve all read Samantha Adam’s post calling for examples of great projects in the six ares for the 2011 Horizon Report: Museum Edition.  This is an important and exciting time in the development of the report.  The advisory board has completed their work and what a terrific board we had this […]

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Lessons from Louisa and my spouse

Lessons from Louisa and my spouse

“And, oh, alas, for Jack and Jill, who willfully chose the wrong road and ended their fun for the winter!” –from “Jack and Jill,” by Louisa May Alcott, 1880. This blog post is personal and it may seem like it has nothing to do with MIDEA or museums.  Perhaps that’s true.  Perhaps it isn’t.  I’ll […]

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Christmas Eve, New Semester Eve, Exhibition Eve

Christmas Eve, New Semester Eve, Exhibition Eve

I woke up this morning singing holiday tunes.  This is not surprising.  I always sing holiday tunes (usually “Baby It’s Cold Outside, ” “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow,” or Winter Wonderland)* when I’m feeling particularly cheerful.  Today’s cheerfulness is a direct result of the beginning of the fall semester here in […]

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Bumbling forward

Bumbling forward

  “You’ve got to bumble forward into the unknown.” — Frank Gehry Every person I know, every project I work on, and every part of my life is currently in transition.  Truly Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” could be my current theme song. (Here’s a version done with eight pianos for those of you who […]

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The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind

  This title of this post is not intended as a reference to an infamous French novel, or a Star Wars volume, or the lyrics to a song by Bruce Springsteen.  It is, circuitously, about technology and about my son heading off for his freshman year in college this morning.  We took him to the […]

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Horizon Report Museum Edition

Horizon Report Museum Edition

The Process Begins The process through which the 2011 Horizon Report: Museum Edition will be created was kicked off last week.  The advisory board is on board and they are currently gearing up to the major work of the report–the four research questions, and subsequent ranking of technologies–by familiarizing themselves with recent news via the […]

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Help Shape the Future: IMLS Needs You!

Help Shape the Future: IMLS Needs You!

One of the more interesting emails that appeared in my in-box (5 times today at last count) is the announcement from the IMLS with the subject heading “Help Shape the Future of the IMLS.” If you work at a museum or non-profit organization that has benefited from, currently benefits from, or hopes to benefit from […]

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Where’s Holly? In the Virtual ITCZ

Where's Holly? In the Virtual ITCZ

When the still sea conspires an armor And her sullen and aborted Currents breed tiny monsters True sailing is dead –From “Horse Latitudes,” by the Doors What do you know about the Intertropical Convergence Zone?  Perhaps you know as little as I do about the place more familiarly known as the “Doldrums.”   Okay, I […]

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Italian Idyll

Italian Idyll

It’s been a busy couple of months–conferences, end of the academic school year, high school graduation for my only child, and an all-too-brief summer vacation.  Now I am back at work and already starting to think about the coming academic year.  This fall I will teach traditional museum studies in the classroom at CWRU and […]

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Museums in a Gigabit World

Museums in a Gigabit World

For the past two days I’ve been sitting in a lecture room at CWRU with 50 colleagues from all over the country discussing how we might re envision public services in a world where everyone is connected by high-speed, reliable, big, big bandwidth. the bulk of the delegates seem to come from science, health care, […]

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More Summer Reading Suggestions

More Summer Reading Suggestions

notice of a review from The Art Newspaper May 27. 2011

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Look Out AAM Here Comes MIDEA!

Look Out AAM Here Comes MIDEA!

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums is right around the corner (literally for some of you) in Houston, Texas this weekend.  Hope to see many MIDEA & NMC friends and sessions and events. The kind folk at AAM’s Media & Technology Standing Professional Committee have put together a list of technology […]

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A Possibly-New Model For Collaboration

A Possibly-New Model For Collaboration

What if museums functioned a little bit more like libraries in their behaviors with one another?

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Apps Apps Everywhere….

Apps Apps Everywhere....

  “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” –Jack Kerouac It’s been a busy semester for me and I haven’t blogged as often as I wanted to this winter.    Friends and colleagues often send articles or links with the accompanying message, “Hey Holly, you should blog […]

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Useful Resources from NAEA Preconference

Useful Resources from NAEA Preconference

I’ve been on the road for the past couple of weeks working on a variety of projects but I wanted to write about a terrific event I attended, and spoke at, last week in Seattle, Washington. Anne Manning invited me to speak about the 2010 Horizon Report: Museum Edition as part of as part of […]

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A New Perspective

A New Perspective

  I’d like to share a story about Joel Alpern, a colleague from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. I am teaching two courses in the classroom at Case Western Reserve University this semester.  The first is an undergraduate seminar on art and art museums. The second is the core museum studies course, with a […]

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Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media is essentially, the final report, of the various members of the Digital Youth Project, a research project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.  […]

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Theo Jansen – Kinetic Sculptures

Theo Jansen - Kinetic Sculptures

Writing about contemporary sculpture, or any kind of contemporary art, is not in my wheelhouse.  Every once in awhile though someone sends me a link the work of an artist that is so compelling it just has to be shared.  I’ve made my husband and son watch this video about Theo Jansen’s “Strandbeest”: Theo Jansen\’s Kinetic […]

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2011 AAM MUSE Awards

2011 AAM MUSE Awards

And speaking of getting a “jump” on things, dear MIDEA members, it’s time again to submit those projects you are so justly proud of for this year’s MUSE Award competition. Below is the skinny on the awards and how to nominate your project(s). The MUSE Award competition, now in its 22nd year, recognizes excellence in […]

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Horizon Report: Museum Edition 2011

Horizon Report: Museum Edition 2011

Time to self-nominate if you’d like to be a part of the advisory board for this year’s Horizon Report: Museum Edition

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“The Stroller” as Learning Type: Michael Gallagher

"The Stroller" as Learning Type: Michael Gallagher

Michael Sean Gallagher, according to his web site, works at “a very large academic database” and is currently earning a Masters in Education (elearning) from the University of Edinburgh.  On his web site you will also find a 27 minute narrated presentation, and the text and images, entitled “Urban Cultural Heritage, Augmented Reality, and the […]

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Video Feature from The Art Newspaper

I love this little video from The Art Newspaper, Digital Edition, because it’s a reminder that ultimately art is about people and ideas:  the people who create, and the people who appreciate and collect.  Listen to Steve Shane talk about his collection. http://www.theartnewspaper.tv/content.php?vid=1030

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