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HMNS greenhouse teaches how to plant a butterfly oasis in your back yard

They float on the wind, decorate your back yard in the spring and summer, and inspire warm emotions with their delicate wings. They seem carefree, at home in any meadow, but butterflies have more specific needs than we might imagine. … Continue reading ?

Artist Talk: Mark Bradford, Artist and Maker

yesterdayArts / Museums : Eye Level

On Monday, April 20, at 6pm in American Art's McEvoy Auditorium, artist Mark Bradford will be discussing his Amendment series in the third annual James Dicke Contemporary Artist Lecture.

Girl Scouts earn badges for science at HMNS

2 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by James Talmage, Scout Programs After more than a year of hard work, Girl Scouts Heidi Tamm, Zoe Kass, Meredith Lytle and her sister Angela Lytle completed the entire Scouts@HMNS Careers in Science instructional series, earning each scout a total of … Continue reading ?

A Seventh Birthday for Open Space

Today, Open Space turns seven. For most kids, it's a transitional phase marked by new responsibilities, new interests, and (naturally) one's first cell phone.

Luce Artist Talk: A Couple of Questions with Four Artists

3 days agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

This month's Luce Artist Talk is on Saturday, April 18th at 1:30 p.m. and will feature four multidisciplinary artists who are participating in the Source Theater Festival's Artistic Blind Date project, organized by CulturalDC. TheseShow More Summary

A City and an Art Center Design the Future: Reflections on the Market Street Prototyping Festival

3 days agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

"The arts are future-making." I wrote this down when Deborah Cullinan said it at a meeting of arts leaders about a year ago. We were discussing the potential for cultural organizations to have significant impact across communities: on planning, health, education, and quality of life. Show More Summary

Objects Sublimated to Things

Unexpected Projects is a collaborative team, comprised of visual artist Jenny Salomon and art historian Jen Stager, interested in looking at collaborations between artists. For Open Space, we’re interviewing artists groups in the Bay Area to find out what their projects and processes are all about.   The Thing, founded and run by artists Jonn […]

Amassing Encyclopedic Knowledge

ASK is a tool that allows any museum visitor using the Museum’s app to have the opportunity to be in direct and immediate contact with...

Collection Rotation: Kirk Stoller

For my installment of Open Space’s Collection Rotation, I’ve selected works that visually inhabit the narrow corridor that is the boundary between cohesion and collapse. It is the hidden stability of these works — a certain veiled resistance to failure — that I gravitate towards.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/13-4/19

5 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! NOW OPEN! Special Exhibition – China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery Of Sanxingdui The Sanxingdui culture left no … Continue reading ?

First Light: Research telescope debut to coincide with Hubble anniversary

6 days agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

April 25 will mark the 25th anniversary of the world-famous Hubble Space Telescope, and the George Observatory will celebrate with a debut of their restored 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, the largest specialized Cassegrain telescope open to the public, and the only … Continue reading ?

Sustainable Design is Good Design

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

by Scott Moulton I had the pleasure of attending the second professional advisor meeting for the OMSI’s sustainability project last week. The meeting was a chance to see what they had been up to for the last year and review prototypes of 6 exhibits, 2 cell phone stories and the green exhibit checklist. Show More Summary

2011 CAM Conference

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

Scott Moulton, LEED AP Ron Davis, Elena Merlino and I took a trip to Pasadena for the California Association of Museums conference last week. This year the conference had 486 attendees from a wide range of California Museums. It wasShow More Summary

Speak Up For Museums

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

Tuesday, March 1 is Speak Up For Museums day in Washington, DC. This year more than ever it is essential that we all help AAM get the word out about the value that museums bring to our communities and our nation. Whether you can be there in person or not, there are lots of ways to help, but time is short. Show More Summary

Congratulations, Justine

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

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We've Come A Long Way, Baby

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

Justine Roberts, Principal I have been going through old papers, as I occasionally do, and came across an internal memo from 2006 discussing museum use of emerging technology. Its really a summary of research we were doing at the time to see what was starting to trend, and what might have staying power. Show More Summary

Parent Communication Strategies

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

Justine Roberts, Principal I wrote recently about how some museums are using technology to extend their relationships with constituents beyond the space and time of a visit. This is a strategy in service of a bigger goal, which has to...Show More Summary

Time-lapse Video: From Birth To 10 Years Old

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

Justine Roberts, Principal Normally I would post a video like this one on our facebook page rather than into the blog but there is something so charming about this that I wanted to share it here as well. One of the issues for anyone working with children is being able to understand how they understand the world around them. Show More Summary

Following the Visitor Home

6 days agoArts / Museums : Museums Now

Justine Roberts, Principal Many museums have a goal of serving as a meaningful resource for their communities. For the past few years we have been using the phrase "to follow the visitor home" as a way of describing the opportunity for museums to use digital tools to create ongoing relationships with visitors in service of this objective. Show More Summary

Relevance is the word, and other highlights from "Generation M"

"Your challenge is to make me relevant to Generation M" Earlier this week I attended the Ohio Museums Association's annual conference, presenting a session with two of my former students, and serving once again as an officer on OMA's board. Show More Summary

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