Museumhive Meetup Thursday 7/27 with Emily Graslie: Museums, Vlogs, and The Brain Scoop

Join us for the final Museumhive on July 27! Emily Graslie will be our featured virtual guest. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

Emily is Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago. Emily is the creator, host and writer for the museum’s educational YouTube series, The Brain Scoop. Launched in January 2013, The Brain Scoop aims to share the research and collections work of natural history museums with a broad audience, and across a variety of digital platforms. To date, Emily and her team have created more than 170 videos, which have been viewed 18 million times by passionate learners from all over the world.

She has earned numerous accolades for her work, including multiple Webby Awards and a Gold MUSE Award from AAM’s Media & Technology Professional Network. She was also the recent recipient of the 2017 Nancy Hanks Award from AAM. She has been listed among “Ten Women Who Changes the World” by Mental Floss, and The Guardian’s “Top 30 Young People in Digital Media.”

Schedule, Thursday, 7/29:

6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Emily Graslie, with Q&A from the hive

Not local to Boston? You can view the live stream on Thursday at 7pm EDT, or view the archived version on Youtube later at the same URL:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZxj04Qy2Ws

Location:

District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston (near the ICA)

 

 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant MG-45-16-0029-16. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Museumhive also is grateful for support from District Hall, a dedicated civic space where Boston’s innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. District Hall offers a unique combination of open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere!  Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.

 

 

 

Museumhive Meetup Wednesday 6/28: Rob Stein, Global Thinking for Local Impact

Coming up, our next meetup, with museum strategist and tech leader, Rob Stein. Rob is a longtime innovator and leading blogger in the museum world, and is now Executive VP and Chief Program Officer at the American Association of Museums. Rob will talk about how the collaborative nature of the museum field coupled with the power of networked communities can lead to a global lens on the practice of museums. Come and join us to unpack how museums might use global thinking to drive local impact.

Schedule, Wednesday 6/28:

6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Rob Stein, with Q&A from the hive

Please register for tickets for the free event to give us a heads up on planning.
(Please note: this meetup is on a Wednesday, rather than our usual Thursday)

Not local to Boston? You can view the live stream on Wednesday at 7pm EDT, or view the archived version on Youtube later at the same URL:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzUSZj8YURA

Location:

District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston (near the ICA)

 

 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant MG-45-16-0029-16. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Museumhive also is grateful for support from District Hall, a dedicated civic space where Boston’s innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. District Hall offers a unique combination of open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere!  Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.

 

 

 

Museumhive meetup, 5/25: The Future of Museums: Empathy, Refugees, and Mass Migration w/ Elizabeth Merritt

We’re looking forward to our next meetup event featuring a Google Hangout with Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight at the American Alliance of Museum and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums.

Larger trends in the world impact museums and their audiences, and the Center for the Future of Museums is at the forefront forecasting those trends in their annual Trendswatch report. Elizabeth will introduce the five trends impacting museums they’ve identified, and explore some of the implications of two of those trends: the growing empathy deficit, and the plight of refugees and others experiencing mass migration of populations.

  • How are museums addressing the “empathy deficit”?
  • How have some communities welcomed refugees as a resource, using immigration to spur economic development and reverse declining populations?
  • What are some simple first steps museums can take to address both of these issues?

Get a headstart and download your free electronic copy of the Trendswatch report here.

Schedule, Thursday 5/25:

6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Elizabeth Merritt, with Q&A from the hive

Please register for the free event to give us a heads up on planning.

Location:

District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston (near the ICA)

 

 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant MG-45-16-0029-16. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Museumhive also is grateful for support from District Hall, a dedicated civic space where Boston’s innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. District Hall offers a unique combination of open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere!  Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.

 

 

 

Video: Museumhive Hangout with Beka Economopoulos: Museums and Environmental Action

Had a great Hangout with Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of The Natural History Museum, a popup museum in Brooklyn that is changing perceived boundaries around museums by taking exhibits and programs out on the road and collaborating with organizations. Beka encourages museums to take a position on issues such as environmental change to be more relevant to the communities they serve. “People love museums and want to see them live up to their visions.”

Notes:

  • 01:00 Powerpoint: The Natural History Museum
  • 03:25 Reconnect to the living universe, past to present
  • 04:20 Re-evaluate role in the midst of profound environmental change
  • 04:35 About The Natural History Museum
  • 06:20 Making science and natural history relevant to people’s daily lives
  • 07:00 Helping museums get into a more engaged position with the communities they serve
  • 08:20 Point #1: Take a position. “Neutral” is not what visitors are looking for. MuseumNext Survey
  • 11:50 Cutting ties to the fossil fuel industry
  • 13:55 Point #2: Engaging impacted communities. Houston project, toxic tours.
  • 16:30 Operation Dinosaur air quality monitoring
  • 17:20 Point #3: Journey to the Living Universe
  • 18:00 Collaboration with indigenous community impacted by environmental change
  • 23:00 Question from audience: Starting a popup museum
  • 25:40 “Fake it till you make it” strategy
  • 30:50 People love museums, want to see them live up to their visions. Too often answer the holy grail of “relevance” with interactive apps
  • 33:50 Question from audience: How do you find collaborators/partners?
  • 35:15  Question from audience: How did you choose the name The Natural History Museum; and roles for high school students?
  • 37:40 Question: What’s the story of the van?
  • 39:00 Question: How did you arrive where you are?
  • 40:30 Need to “unfossilize” our institutions and embolden them
  • 41:10  Question: what was the reaction to the exhibit in Houston?
  • 42:30 Question: tell us more about your role in the March for Science
  • 48:50 Following your passion. If you’re excited about content and can get others excited, you’re 90% of the way there
  • 49:50 Funding: in taking a position you unlock new revenue streams, social change funders, foundations
  • 53:20 Wrap up: contribute to our continued discussions

Your thoughts? Post them to the hive below!…

Museumhive Meetup, 4/27, Museums and Action w/ Beka Economopoulos

How do museums, art and environmental activism interface? Coming on the heels of Earth Day and the March for Science, our next meetup will feature a Google Hangout with Beka Economopoulos, co-founder of The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum based in Brooklyn that focuses on principles of scientific inquiry, and invites visitors to explore the social and political forces that shape nature. Beka will talk about how collaborations with scientists and local communities can make museums more relevant in a time of profound environmental and social change, toward a vision of building a more inclusive and just society.

Beka has two decades of experience working within the advocacy and sustainability sectors, including Director of Online Organizing at Greenpeace, and is a Co-founder of Not An Alternative–a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and critical theory. Named in The New York Times and ArtNet’s “Best in Art in 2015” round-ups, Not An Alternative has presented work at museums around the world, including Tate Modern, Guggenheim, PS1/MOMA, Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, MOCAD, and Museo Del Arte Moderno.

Schedule, Thursday 4/27:

6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Beka Economopoulos, with Q&A from the hive

Please register for the free event if possible to give us a heads up on planning.

Location:

District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue Boston (near the ICA)

 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant MG-45-16-0029-16. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Museumhive also is grateful for support from District Hall, a dedicated civic space where Boston’s innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. District Hall offers a unique combination of open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere!  Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.

 

 

 

Say It with Your Chest: 4 Really Important Things Kimberly Drew Once Said.

Kimberly Drew a.k.a. @MuseumMammy is a New York-based thought leader whose practice is at the intersection of contemporary art, race and technology. She works both within traditional institutions and beyond them to help take them to new places.

The most critical voices of the millennial generation are concurrently engaged in developing their political, pedagogical and aesthetic framework. According to Boston-based collective Intelligent Mischief a third-culture perspective, the critical space between the so-called American identity and one’s native country, is “[a] complex place … the people who inhabit them are quite often best positioned to think about complex issues in creative ways. The margins are really the intersections or borders.” Drew’s own practice can be described as such. She creates a place for those who would otherwise be negated access and space. It’s not oppositional, it’s simply an inverted version of what already exists.

While growing visibility and relevance for the MET through social media, she’s gained a massive following in her own right, (113K on Instagram alone) through a careful mastery of the area between the formal and informal. However, that doesn’t mean she isn’t going to keep it real. Below are our favorite four observations by Ms. Kimberly Drew.

 

Blackness is a technology in and of itself. The way we survive and thrive has always been contingent on building technologies against the system that sets us up to fail.

The Lenny Letter

Spending less time being worried about being “late” and focusing on being worth the wait.

Twitter

I think about the things I’m sending out in the world because there are so many silences within the web and in the truth of our particular moment. I try to think about the things that I send out, can create, or can share, and how I could share positive images and also real images and also be able to articulate history in a way that feels inclusive…When you’re adding to this noise, in what ways are you improving upon silence?

The Creative Independent

I’m not really a critic, I’m more of an active observer.

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