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By Lesley Kadish
San Francisco Elevation and Right of Ways

Before I came to San Francisco for Seb’s talk, I read a post on SFStreetsblog called “Eyes on the Street: The Ghost Streets of San Francisco” about ‘secret’ right-of-ways around town. You know, those steep steps that lead through an art garden or behind a house, where you’re never sure if you’re on public or private property. Being a map...

By David Porter
The economic downturn of the past eighteen months led to declining revenue from ticket sales and contributions to Clackamas Heritage Partners (CHP) which operates the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and two other sites in Oregon City.   In March and April we were forced to suspend our operations while we attempted to raise funds to continue.
A very strong positive...
By Susan Spero
Susan Spero

As I sit with my cup of coffee this morning and think through yesterday’s tour de force by Seb Chan,  I too realize that like a tweet on #sfmetrix stating that a tornado of ideas was spinning through the tweeter’s mind, mine too feels like it has been hit by a storm.
Tremendous kudos are in order for the organizers for sponsoring a great day:  the National Arts...
by Maria Mortati
“Have you ever found a place in your home, neighborhood or city, and felt an invisible energy, almost like magic? In Roman culture, this was called "Genius Loci", which referred to a location's distinctive atmosphere, or spirit. In our urban environments these places can be more difficult to find, or lost altogether– but they do exist.
Locate a special place in your city and...


Sebastian Chan, Manager of the Web Services Unit at the Powerhouse MuseumSome clarifications on our experience with ‘free’ content


[This Friday Seb Chan will speak at SFMOMA at a sold out symposium that WMA has helped to arrange, with thanks to Rich Cherry and others.  As a bit of a preview of what's to come, we have taken one, big-ol', whole post from Seb's professional blog as one massive "...
Social Collections, New Metrics, Maps and Other Australian Oddities
A Free Strategic Social Media Seminar for the Cultural Sector featuring SEBASTIAN CHAN
August 28th, 2009 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PHYLLIS WATTIS THEATER at SF MOMA, San Francisco
Sebastian Chan, Manager of the Web Services Unit at the Powerhouse Museum


In a free flowing day of provocative presentation and Q&As, Sebastian Chan...
by James G. Leventhal
This post may not have a beginning or an end.  Really, it's just a stroll through some discussions I've been hearing about museums and technology.  And it is about how greater outreach by museums is important in challenging times, and how the nonprofit model is taking hold in the 21st century.
Marjorie Schwarzer recently reminded us of the impact that museums can have in...
by Valerie Huaco
Back in November when the WMA program committee convened in San Diego to review session proposals, we took some time to discuss what ideas had been knocking around in our collective heads. What’s on the tip of our museological tongue, as it were. Many good sessions were born of that conversation, including On Board with Innovation, Weathering the Storm: Foundations Respond to the...

By Lynda Kelly
It has long been recognised that choice and control are important facets of learning (Hein, 1998; Paris, 1998) and that learning experiences need to be learner-centred (Dewey, 1938). Recent audience research projects found that audiences want to have more control over their museum learning experiences (Kelly, 2007). Work on museums and controversial subjects found that visitors...

The Arizona Historical Society Museum, in its beautiful desert setting at the edge of Papago Park.

Dear Friends of AHS,
We are in crisis and need your help now!  Governor Brewer released her budget.  The Governor’s budget completely eliminates funding for the Arizona Historical Society by phasing out state appropriated dollars over the next five years.  If her proposal is approved, the Arizona...

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