visitor engagement

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...
Nice art, but where can I sit?
If your visitors often ask themselves this question - or if you, as a museum visitor, find yourself asking this question - then you belong at the WMA Annual Meeting session, "Increasing Visitorship by Making Visitors Comfortable," on Tuesday, October 19 at 11 AM.
You'll see and hear how four museums - the Museum of Photographic Arts, Oregon Museum of Science and...
By Meredith Hayes
The Tucson Museum of Art is happy to include our good news with readers of westmuse. In fact we have lots of good news happening here. Our admissions have more than doubled over last year (of course Ansel Adams might have something to do with that, but we’ll take it in this day and age). And we have recently received a major grant for our education programs.
Along with other...
This is the second part of a multi-part video series documenting our October 25 pre-conference workshop on visitor comfort at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Participants role-played as visitors with either learning differences or physical disabilities. They based their roles on brief, half-page profiles, written by Paul Gabriel (differences) and Beth Katz (disabilities...
By Stephanie Weaver
On Sunday, October 25 WMA held a pre-conference workshop at San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts called "Getting Comfortable with Visitor Comfort." The goal of the workshop was to help participants and the museum assess how the museum's experience met visitors' comfort needs, and therefore was an experience they might want to repeat. The facilitators (in alpha order) were...
Hi, I'm Steve Tokar, and I'd like to invite you to a couple of San Diego Conference sessions that we've organized on the topic of visitor comfort.
Here's what we mean by comfort. The last time you and your family visited a museum, could you find your way around easily? Were there enough places to sit? Were the labels readable? Were there multiple/alternate ways to enjoy and learn? Were the...
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
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 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...
[Editors' note: Special to members of WMA and westmuse blog readers, thanks to Bonnie Powers and Volume Inc., here's a preview of the look and feel of the new summer campaign for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.]
By Bonnie Powers
Enticing audiences: Volume Inc hijacks generic images in campaign for YBCA. Highlights contemporary art's equally subversive and approachable...


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