Truth Must Come First
Nearly two months after my trip to Montgomery, I still find myself thinking about the experiences I had there many times every day. The mental images and emotions are just as vivid as if it were yesterday. But with time I’ve gained enough distance to analyze the elements that made such an […]
GO TO MONTGOMERY.
Now. This year.
Don’t put it off. Don’t put it on a list.
Make your plans. Find a way.
Sixteen members of The Museum Group chose to go to Montgomery for our winter meeting, so we could experience the new Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace & Justice together.
Visiting and thinking deeply about museums is […]
David Ellis has been named Interim Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, upon the retirement of their Director, Van Shields, and as the museum undertakes a national search for a successor. About his new assignment, David says:
I look forward to working with the Berkshire Museum at a difficult time and […]
Museums & Public Opinion 2017 examines the responses of more than 2,000 Americans to the following four questions:
- Are museums educational for children and adults in their communities?
- Do you think that museums contribute to their community’s economy?
- If an elected official took legislative action to support museums in your community, how […]
In February, Elaine Heumann Gurian will sit on the Jury Colloquium to judge the winners of the Design Competition for the National Memorial for the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and Revolution of Dignity Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received a Fulbright to work with this museum, which will display documentation of the revolution, […]
David Ellis and Laura Roberts, along with colleagues John Jacobsen and George Hein, are the project team for Assessing Museum Impact (AMI), a year-long initiative with the New England Museum Association. They are working with eight museums in eastern New England to sharpen their thinking about goals and intended impacts, identify metrics that might demonstrate […]
After an extensive national search, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) announced the selection of Beth Tuttle as its next President and CEO. Tuttle, who officially joined the AHS on October 30, brings to the role more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, organizational consultant, and brand strategist.
“Beth has exceptional leadership experience from […]
The Internal Revenue Service has made it official. After 20 years serving the field as a nonprofit organization, The Museum Group applied for and received 501(c/)(3) status as a tax-exempt organization.
The formal recognition of TMG as tax-exempt reflects TMG’s ongoing role as a collective resource for the advancement of the museum field and its commitment […]
Join Marsha Semmel for a Professional Development Live Webinar on Wednesday September 27 from 2-3:30 pm Eastern time.
“Getting Started with Working Across Generations”
Greg Stevens, Director AAM Professional Development; Elizabeth Isele, founder and CEO, GIEE (Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship), SavvySeniorsWork and CyberSeniors.org; Samuel Moore, online communications coordinator, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis; and Semmel.
Susie Wilkening has begun a major research release from her 2017 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers. She’s been sharing insightful work on intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations, including her own head-slapping moment. This month, she’ll begin releasing what museum-goers say the value museums have contributed to their lives. […]
For the last 3+ years, Vincent Beggs has been doing business development for a “new media” start up, Magnopus, in downtown LA. Magnopus is a Visual Effects, Dome Film, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality content developer and producer. As a result of their relationship with Beggs, they have created work for the […]
Anne Butterfield has returned to private practice providing museum and cultural organizations with management, planning and development expertise.
The Museum Group is thrilled that two experienced, dynamic professionals are joining us this year.
Janeen Bryant of Charlotte NC is a community engagement advocate and catalyst for building organizational capacity. Formerly vice president of education at the Levine Museum of the New South, she developed and implemented a community focused Listening Sessions model used in […]
Congrats to the Levine Museum of the New South and lead exhibition developer Darcie Fohrman (in collaboration with the in-house team and consultants from Morris Design, Melloweb Productions, AC&M, and Brad Larson Media)! The Southeastern Museum Conference named their ¡NUEVOlution: Latinos and the New South! exhibition as the winner of three awards in […]
Mary Kay Ingenthron was elected vice president of the Johnson County Museum Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the museum. Currently the Foundation is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $1.2M for exhibitions and programs as the museum prepares to open in its new facility in 2017.
Christine Lockett was honored to be part of the team with Reich + Petch Design International and The Design Foundation recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Exhibits–Science by the Canadian Museums Association for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Christine created the interpretive plan and edited or wrote the […]
The Museum Group welcomes four new members! We are thrilled to have these talented professionals joining our ranks.
(pictured left to right)
Salvador Acevedo is vice president of strategy at Scansion, where he focuses on museums and communities, helping them develop strategies for truly intercultural futures. Prior to joining Scansion, Salvador founded and led Contemporanea, where […]
Darcie Fohrman‘s project ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South has been selected by the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Professional Network for a 2016 MUSE Award. The awards will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis conference hotel in Washington, D.C. At this event, they learn which […]
Barbara Henry will be advising staff at the Museo Popol Vuh, Guatemala City, on undergoing a museum transformation (May 17 – 20). She will deliver a talk on “21st Century Museum Practices” on May 23rd as part of a weeklong museum studies public program organized by the museum with the Universidad Francisco Marroquin and […]
Ayala Gordon was the founding director of the Ruth Youth Wing at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem when Elaine Heumann Gurian met her in the early 1970’s. She had begun work giving art classes to traumatized children in a combination of art and therapy beginning in the 1960’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the […]
Museums & Race 2016 GATHERING FOR TRANSFORMATION AND JUSTICE
at the AAM Annual Meeting
FRIDAY, MAY 27
OPEN TO ALL
MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL | 901 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., NW
Talking Race: The Power, Influence, and Responsibility of Museum Professionals
Led by Janeen Bryant, Leadership for Educational Equity, and Lisa Junkin Lopez, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Constructing Spaces for Honest Conversations About Race
Elaine Heumann Gurian has two Spring 2016 international assignments. She will serve as the external reviewer at a two-day staff and scholar workshop to draft content to replace the permanent exhibition at The Jewish Museum, Berlin, which has been in place for 15 years. She has also been chosen to be on the faculty of […]
Exhibit developer Darcie Fohrman partnered with Latino filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman and the Levine Museum of the New South, in collaboration with the Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, to create ¡NUEVOlution!. This 3500 square foot, bilingual, interactive exhibit explores the way Latinos are shaping the South and the South is shaping Latinos and serves […]
Barbara Henry has been appointed Interim director of Education and Public Engagement at diRosa Art. di Rosa is noted for its significant collection of Northern California contemporary art located on 217 acres in the Napa Valley. Barbara is working with staff in enhancing the visitor experience and pursuing a renewed commitment to deepening public […]
David W. Ellis spent Oct. 14-20 in Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile where he conducted workshops and gave a general talk on a proposed Antarctica wing, and proposed satellite museum on Greenwich Island in Antarctica, for the Chilean National Maritime Museum and worked with staff at the MIM museum.
The Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery in Chandler, Arizona recently created the Barbara Meyerson Outstanding Youth Award. The award, named after TMG member Barbara Meyerson, recognizes a youth who has gone above and beyond what was expected in providing service and leadership for the Chandler Center for the […]
Carol Bossert is celebrating two years hosting The Museum Life, a weekly radio program hosted by VoiceAmerica Radio. Museum Life showcases leaders in the museum field who provide perspective on current issues as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. All shows are available as podcasts. Download at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2245/museum-life
Marsha Semmel has been appointed Adviser for the Bank Street College of Education’s graduate program in Leadership in Museum Education. The two-year program prepares museum educators for leadership roles in museums and related cultural institutions across the United States. One year is focused on museum education theories and practice. One year is focused on […]
Jean Svadlenak received two Leadership in History Awards from AASLH. AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative […]
On Friday, September 11, Carol Bossert interviewed fellow TMGer Leslie Bedford on her weekly podcast “The Museum Life.” Bedford shared her thoughts and experiences after attending the Reimagining the Museum-Conference of the Americas held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2-4, 2015. The conference, co-sponsored by Teoría y Práctica de las Artes […]
Elaine Heumann Gurian will begin a one-month fellowship at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center in September 2015. The museum invites a distinguished individual in museum studies for one month each year to explore museum issues and practices. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to the professional museum […]
Christine Lockett, working together with Alusiv Inc., wrote the interpretive plan and most of the exhibit text for Beneath the Surface, an exhibition at the Penn Museum. Spectacular finds at the Precolumbian cemetery of Sitio Conte in central Panama shed light on a mysterious and complex society that thrived there more than 1,000 […]
Barbara Henry was the featured speaker for the public lecture, Museums Co-Creating with Communities, at MALBA, The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires on May 16. The lecture was targeted to museum professionals from diverse institutions in Buenos Aires. Barbara also conducted a series of workshops, entitled Education Department: Becoming a […]
Marsha Semmel will be a faculty member for a 3-part Webcast Series, “Perspectives on Museum Leadership at All Levels,” presented by the American Alliance of Museums and supported by The Getty Foundation. The webcasts will occur from 2-3:30 p.m. on May 6, 13, and 20, 2015 and cover “21st Century Skills and […]
(from left to right: Barbara Henry, Margaret Kadoyama, and Beverly Sheppard)
TMG is pleased to welcome three new members!
Barbara Henry is principal of Barbara Henry & Associates, a consulting practice devoted to transforming museums through dynamic public engagement. Before BH&A, Barbara held executive positions as Lab Center Director and Chief Curator of Education at the Oakland […]
The Informal Learning Review is a bimonthly publication that contains original articles on various aspects of the museum world – programming, exhibitions, planning, how to approach controversies and/or current events, trends, unique accomplishments, etc. With subscribers on five continents, it has a worldwide reach. It is […]
During her time as a Getty Scholar Leslie Bedford has continued to talk with museum professionals about exhibition as art form: on February 25 she addressed the Getty’s education department, on March 3 the Autrey Museum and on March 11 the Balboa Park Learning Institute.
Myriam Springuel recently taught a week-long museum education and interpretation course for mid-level professionals for the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The program included formal lectures, workshops and the development of education projects to put the learning into practice