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Museums of the future: providing the personal, collaborating with the crowd

Museums of the future: providing the personal, collaborating with the crowd | MuseumLink | Scoop.it
From hyper-personal visitor experiences to flexible opening hours, we round up all the key insights from our live chat: What's next for museums? (RT @TRGArts: MT @Museofile: 'What's Next for Museums?
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International Arts Education Week - News - ICOM

International Arts Education Week - News - ICOM | MuseumLink | Scoop.it
Following the success of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, 2010), UNESCO’s General Conference at its 36th session in 2011 proclaimed the 4th week of May as the International Arts Education Week.
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GO: a community-curated open studio project.

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GO see art in Brooklyn by participating in GO: a community-curated open studio project!
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Do you work with volunteers and/or with seasonal workers?

Discussion from MuseumLink on linkedIn

 

Question : 

I would like to know whether you work with volunteers or not? And if so, how?
Second question: do you work with seasonal workers? If yes, for how many months/days a year and how do you employ/hire them?

 

4 answers :

 

H. D. :

Every country has it's own customs, it's "culture" , which is usually not fit to be transplanted to another country. (In this case, it is about Belgium)
Example from Belgium : http://www.vrijwilligerswerk.be/node/organisaties/2468 An existing "frame" intiative, but question is if it's productive in reality ? Is there real local interest, or not ?

 

M.K. : 

We utilize both. We have some volunteers who have served 15 to 20 years on a regular schedule. We are fortunate to be located in an area where many "Winter Texans" arrive in late fall and remain until early spring. We generally attract four or five of these individuals who come and do various tasks. One is Japanese and she always presents a formal Tea Ceremony that is very popular. She also teaches oragami and the children adore this unique opportunity.

 

A. PJ. : 

We are a very small museum split over 2 buildings. We would really struggle to provide a good service to our visitors if it was not for our seasonal staff and volunteers. Our part time seasonal staff are initially recruited by advertisement and interview the same as any paid member of staff. They join us for seven months over the spring and summer, working between 10 and 20 hours per week and have “first refusal” on their job the following year. This means that we get staff from year to year who know what they are doing and they have some job security, albeit seasonal work. They mainly staff the front reception desk or the shop and come from either end of the age range: college students and community elders who have retired.

Our volunteers are similarly mixed and they cover a wider range of tasks. Some do “front of house” and guiding but many do “behind the scenes” work with general administrative tasks; gardening, inventory and condition analysis work on the reserve collections; help with creation of temporary exhibitions. The museum benefits greatly from their time and labour but also from the expertise and experience they bring with them to their roles. We recruit them by advertising or by word or mouth. They are incredibly loyal, dedicated, and hard working.

 

N.T. :

We are ALL volunteers at the Museum of Connecticut Glass (Coventry Connecticut USA) www.glassmuseum.org. No paid staff yet as we continue our work toward a full operational goal. And we're skilled in getting volunteers from high schools (to put a new roof on one of our buildings; college interns to help us with our accounts; engineering students to develop a green power source for a prospective glass furnace as well as for utilities for our buildings, etc.

 

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How is a children's museum different from other museums?

How is a children's museum different from other museums? | MuseumLink | Scoop.it
ACM is clearinghouse for data and opportunities for the children’s museum field.
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Designing Interactive Museum Exhibits: Three Ways to Increase Audience Engagement

Museums are increasingly creating interactive exhibits as a way to increase audience engagement. This raises a natural question: What are the elements of an exhibit that prompt visitor interaction?
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