museum crisis

By Redmond J. Barnett

Redmond J. Barnett, Secretary of WMA, is the Head of the Exhibits Department, Washington State History Museum

Washington’s governor, Christine Gregoire, faces a $4 billion budget deficit and proposes to close the two independent state-funded museums, the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, saving about $4...
by James G. Leventhal

Once independent, the Hammer is now part of UCLA

What do you value?  This is becoming a pressing question for museums in the United States as they... well, come of age.  With Riches, Rivals and Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America (2006), AAM and Marjorie Schwarzer reminded us that museums in America are not a lot older than a 100-year tradition or industry.  That's...
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 James G. Leventhal
Rosalind Bedell

On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of a session entitled Sustainable Work Practices: Keeping the Staff Afloat at #wma09 organized by Rosalind Bedell, Human Resources and Volunteer Director, Nevada Museum of Art and Program Committee Co-chair for WMA, San Diego.
In difficult economic times how do you keep the staff sustained and on...
How do we make it through these challenging times with museums and historical societies closing their doors or implementing hiring freezes after a sustained period of expansion?  One approach is to join forces.
To quote from one of the underlying themes of the work occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the National Arts Marketing Program:
As more and more advertisements try to...
By Adam Rozan

The author at the Oakland Museum of California, showcasing and Creative Time presents Mark Tribe's Port Huron Project 5: The Liberation of our People.

The Targeting Young Cosmopolitans in Museums study was born out of a 2009 session of the Association of Midwest Museums conference entitled, The Next Generation: Targeting Young Audiences in an Uncertain Economic Climate.
The report...

By David Porter
To follow up on my earlier post, I wanted to note that the Oregon Heritage Commission,  a state chartered entity which oversees grant programs and other similar activities, heard testimony about the challenging state of affairs among heritage groups across the state at a meeting early this summer.
Under the leadership of Chairman George Kramer,  the Commission pledged to charter...

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...
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