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Robert R. Janes is an independent scholar-practitioner, a former museum director, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Museum Management and Curatorship, and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK). He has a Ph.D. in archaeology and began his career as an archaeologist in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. Janes was given a traditional Blackfoot (First...
By James G. Leventhal
Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch and The Venerable Palden Gyatso, Tibetan Freedom Concert, SF, CA 1996


So quotes my friend Jennifer Caleshu:
These times especially call for more than mere incrementalism. Let’s demand that our leaders get in over their heads, that they remain a little bit naive about what they’re getting into.
It's from WIRED.
And my friend Erin Potts wrote...
Hi! I'm Elizabeth Merritt, your designated museum futurist for the WMA conference in Portland this year. My assignment is to help you imagine many plausible futures that could face museums in coming decades. What are my secret weapons? Well, I won't reveal them all, but one is a Museum Forecasting Tarot Deck which will be deployed in my session on "Forecasting the Future of Museum Sustainability...
By Lisa Eriksen
Of course, the answer to the first part of this question is Portland, Oregon for the Western Museums Association annual meeting!

The Author with Greg Farrington, ED, Cal Academy of Sciences and Lori Fogarty, Director, Oakland Museum of CA and others "Futurecasting for California" at AAM in L.A.

The second part of the question is a bit more difficult to answer, which is why I...
By Jason B. Jones
As a graduate student in the San Francisco Bay Area, revolution is familiar territory. Ideas of changing the world permeate the culture of the Bay. At the John F. Kennedy University’s Berkeley Campus, on Saturday April 10, 2010, the Department of Museum Studies hosted a colloquium: Museums in a Troubled World.
Dr. Robert R. Janes discussed his recent book Museums in a Troubled...
by Allyson Lazar
Thank you to the Museum of Latin American Art for hosting this year's BIL conference last weekend!
Wait, what's BIL, you ask? Ever heard of TED? No? Well, let's start with TED.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and it is an annual conference that, to use its own language, is dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." Each year, TED brings together some of the most...
By Dewey Blanton

The AAM Annual Meeting will bring 5,500 museum professionals to LA this May for the 104th edition of the largest museum gathering in the world.

This year’s American Association of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting is coming west, slated for Los Angeles May 23-26. And the 104th edition of the largest museum gathering in the world will be more international than ever.
Seeking to...
By James G. Leventhal

Panel on Innovation at WMA09 San Diego: Lori Fogarty, Director, Oakland Museum of California; Douglas Fogle, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Hammer; Ted Russell, Senior Program Officer for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation; and Angelina Russo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne,...
by Allyson Lazar (with hat tip to Ted Greenberg for pointing out the LA Times article)
The new "Survey of Public Participation in the Arts" was released on Thursday by the NEA.


According to a newly released NEA study, museum attendance is down. This may not seem news-worthy--we are in the middle of a recession for heaven's sake! But this December 14 article by Gregory Rodriguez from the LA...
By Stephanie Almeida
This morning I took some time to unplug completely (no blackberry, laptop or iPod) and take a walk along the beach here in San Diego at the WMA Conference.  As I listened intently to the world around me, suddenly bereft of the continual beeps, pings and whirring that I usually have clouding my senses, the world around me became clearer.
There were surfers paddling against the...

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