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Growing the Endowment

Growing the Endowment

I just sent a variant of this post off to many of my graduate students but I wanted to reach a somewhat wider audience. Yesterday Randolph College announced that finally (after 6 years) it has sold George Bellow’s “Men at the Docks” for 25 million plus dollars.  The money is headed for the college endowment.  […]

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Alex’s Art Picks — February MIDEA Member Edition

Alex's Art Picks -- February MIDEA Member Edition

MIDEA’s Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this MIDEA Member Edition of Alex’s Art Picks: iPadography Lets the Animals Out The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is showing middle school-aged students how to create a funky new type of portraiture using their new […]

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“Digitally” Engaged (with Oxen & Mirrors)

"Digitally" Engaged (with Oxen & Mirrors)

A couple of months ago someone (or more likely someone posting) drew my attend to The Digital Engagement Framework.  Always looking for tools that help museums do what they do more effectively and more efficiently, it has–as a side effect–helped me think about my own work differently. I post to MIDEA less frequently than I […]

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Threat Matrix

Threat Matrix

The Threat Matrix is a daily report given to the President containing the latest security threats against the U.S. Some in the museum world might consider the technologies described in the 2013 Horizon Report for Museums (which officially launched today at MCN) a threat, so to calm the nation’s fears, I’ve updated my Horizon Report Matrix. This […]

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The Doctor Who Anomaly

The Doctor Who Anomaly

Apologies for being AWOB (Absent WithOut Blogging) for an extended period.  Many are my excuses but when it comes right down to it the main reason for my time out has been a recent obsession. “Hi, My Name is Holly, and I have a problem. (Hi Holly)  I’m addicted to Doctor Who.” It’s not what […]

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Alex’s Art Picks – NMC Horizon Report Preview Edition

Alex’s Art Picks – NMC Horizon Report Preview Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition is off to the printers and will be officially released at the Museum Computer Network Conference in Montreal, Canada in late November. Check out this NMC Horizon Report […]

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Lovely, Lovely Complexities

Lovely, Lovely Complexities

Photograph Courtesy of Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Ohio   The complexity of things – the things within things – just seems to be endless. –Alice Munro There is a magazine called Real Simple: Life Made Easy (http://www.realsimple.com/).  Perhaps you know it?  This month’s online version offers you items like Step into and out of […]

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Alex’s Art Picks – NMC Horizon Report Short List Edition

Alex's Art Picks - NMC Horizon Report Short List Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this NMC Horizon Report Short List > 2013 Museum Edition of Alex’s Art Picks: Roll Up Your Sleeves for an Augmented Reality Sand Box Augmented reality is an emerging technology that has made all […]

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Horizon on the Horizon: Still in the Forest

Horizon on the Horizon: Still in the Forest

By the sacred grove, where the waters flow We will come and go, in the forest –“In the Forest,” Van Morrison Okay, okay…maybe the work for the 2013 Horizon Report>Museum Edition does not take place in a sacred grove. And the only waters flowing here are endless glasses of water trying to stay cool in […]

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Alex’s Art Picks – Back to School Edition

Alex's Art Picks - Back to School Edition

MIDEA’s Associate Director, Alex Freeman, has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out this back-to-school edition of Alex’s Art Picks: A Virtual Palette at Your Fingerprints Josef Albers was an important German-born American artist whose lessons on color theory formed the basis of many art classes today. […]

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2013 MIDEA Minigrants Announcement

2013 MIDEA Minigrants Announcement

MIDEA Awards Equipment and Project Minigrants to Texas Museums The Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts distributes funding to museums to launch innovative, technology-based projects. The NMC’s Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) has awarded seven minigrants to museums in Texas that are creatively incorporating technologies into their programs, exhibitions, […]

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MIDEA at Museums and the Web 2013 Conference

MIDEA at Museums and the Web 2013 Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Museum Edition at the Museums and the Web 2013 conference in Portland, Oregon. MW 2013 is a excellent place to learn about the most recent advancements in the field of museum technology. Some of the notable topics included many of the […]

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“Episode IV: A New Hope”

"Episode IV: A New Hope"

(Note: Opening melodramaticization is intentional) A few days ago I found myself feeling a little like Luke Skywalker who upon return to his Uncle Owen’s and Aunt Beru’s on Tatooine found the place in shambles–his family and home destroyed by Imperial Stormtroopers. Why? I was having a phone conversation with a new friend, a curator. […]

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Goldilocks is all grown up

Goldilocks is all grown up

A Parable for Academic Art Historians, Museums, and Higher-Ed Goldilocks is all grown up. She’s moved past the traumatic events that occurred in the house of the Three Bears. She’s not interested in the possessions of others anymore; she is interested in taking possession of life. Today Goldilocks is intelligent, conscientious, committed to the field […]

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Diogenes’ Lamp

Diogenes’ Lamp

Searching for a way to teach and communicate traditional art history in the digital world This blog is about fear, regret, longing, and satisfaction. It is written in the hope that it may help others better understand colleagues who are hesitant about embracing new technologies.  This is a narrative about my reluctance to embrace commonplace […]

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Charting a Path for the Future of Museum Education

Charting a Path for the Future of Museum Education

In December 2012 a group of 22 international museum education leaders journeyed Austin, Texas, to discuss the future direction of museum education. This first-of-its kind Museum Education Summit, sponsored and supported by the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA), was an opportunity to both identify opportunities and address challenges that would help […]

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Horizon Report>2012 Museum Edition

Horizon Report>2012 Museum Edition

Hot off the “press” the Horizon Report>2012 Museum Edition is available today.  There is a terrific little 3 minute video–for friends and colleagues who prefer a quick video introduction to the information)–and the press relief.  You can download a pdf of the full report. Had great crowd at the MIDEA Connect webinar launching the report […]

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My half hour

My half hour

There has been little in the way of “me” time at my house in the past few months.  Since December, however, I have been grabbing a quiet half hour–usually either in the very early morning or late in the evening–for a half hour of online activities.   I split my time between Luminosity (http://www.lumosity.com/app/v4/games) and Duolingo […]

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I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want: Super-Rich Online Repositories

I'll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want:  Super-Rich Online Repositories

    The hardy folk who make up the Advisory Board of the Horizon Report>Museum Edition are i the process of finalizing the shortlist for 2012.  The report itself will be published in December (just in time for the holidays). As with any process where one begins with a big list and has to narrow […]

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Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part II)

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part II)

In my first post on Community-Sourcing 100 Toys I explained the process behind The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis project and shared about the surprising level of engagement it received. Get caught up, if you haven’t already! What I found most intriguing about “100 Toys” was watching our first attempt at community-sourcing play out in surprising […]

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Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part I)

Community-Sourcing “100 Toys” — an Explosion in Online Engagement (Part I)

This summer, in my position as Digital Marketing Content Coordinator at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I had the opportunity to take part in an amazing project called “100 Toys (& Their Stories) that Define Our Childhood.” The project was intended to be small and experimental, but turned into a popular social campaign that spread […]

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Randall Wade & Worthy McClintock

Randall Wade & Worthy McClintock

    Labor Day Weekend 2012.  September 1 at 2pm exactly I finished transcribing Volume II of Randall Wade’s travel journals from 1870-1871.  This is a labor of love accomplished during my spare time over the past two years, and in spare time for the foreseeable future.  There is still one more volume to transcribe. […]

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Summer….come back…I’m not ready….

Summer....come back...I'm not ready....

  With my son in Ravenna, Italy walking towards Dante’s tomb early summer 2012   “Rodents!”  That’s what Simon Brett’s dimwitted character Blotto says when he’s upset about something.  And Rodents! exactly captures how I feel this afternoon.  Tomorrow my teaching duties begin at CWRU, and a week later it’s time to gear up for […]

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The “Race” of Life

The "Race" of Life

  [Latin curriculum vtae, the race of life : curriculum, course + vtae, genitive of vta, life.] Last week, Monday July 2nd to be exact, I retired my curriculum vitae (c.v.); it was holding me back.  Tying me to a specific course when I want to be something different.   In the “the race of life” […]

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