The Museumhive Model: a Primer

We set out to create a model that combines two things: 1) the social engagement of in-person meetups, and 2) the insight from national thought leaders on the topic of museums serving their communities. And from this, we generate content: a series of videos that are annotated and easy to view. In shorthand: Meetup + Hangout = Community Content.

Some of the components in the model:

  • A series of meetups. In our case, six meetups with national thought leaders in the museum field: Nina Simon (museums and relevance), Kimberly Drew (black culture and social media), Beka Economopoulos (museums and action), Elizabeth Merritt (empathy and mass migration), Rob Stein (global thinking), and Emily Graslie (museum vlogs)

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How we set up Google Hangouts for Museumhive

One of the behind the scenes challenges for Museumhive was to make sure our Google Hangouts connected without a hitch at the Museumhive meetup. (The image of fumbling around at the keyboard trying to connect the presenter while and audience is expectantly watching over your shoulder motivated a lot of pre-event testing). And I’m pleased to say that with the exception of a few minor glitches, our Hangouts happened without incident, and are wonderfully archived on Youtube for all to see forever and ever.

Here’s the process I used to set the Hangout up.  (This is as of late summer 2017 — we found that the specific process seems to change a couple times a year as Google evolves the interface. For example, partway through the project, Google Hangouts seemed to evolve into YouTube Live. But with that caveat, this may be helpful to others in any case): Read more

Video: Museumhive Hangout with Emily Graslie

Another great Hangout session with Emily Graslie, a visual artist and Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum in Chicago. Emily is the creator and host of the Brain Scoop, and online platform which focuses on science and education. Below we discuss cats, science and advocating for more content creators in museums.

Notes:

0:00 Introduction + short speech by Dan Yaeger, Brad Larson and Ed Rodley.

3:24 Emily introduces herself, and talks about how she got started with the Brain Scoop.

5:03 Emily talks about advocating for Chief Curiosity Correspondent (content creator) positions at other Museums.

7:07 Emily opens the discussion for questions. Read more

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: Read more

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. Read more

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.

Liking & Critiquing presented by the New Museum

Museumhive Meetup: Kimberly Drew Google Hangout, Roxbury Innovation Center, 4/13/17

We’re delighted to announce our next meetup and Google Hangout event with Kimberly Drew, social media manager at The Met in NY. Kimberly is a leading thinker in the museum world focusing on black culture and art, with a wide range of media articles written about her work, including “Best Instagram Accounts to Follow” on FastCompany Design, and “4 Black Women Making the Art World More Inclusive” in New York Magazine.

Kimberly was recently named a “Brooklyn 100 Influencer” by Brooklyn Magazine, where she described a beautiful world where “more marginalized people enter institutions, learn the rules, and shatter and restructure them.”

The event will be held at the Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston.  The Center is less than a 10 minute Lyft/Uber/cab ride from the Museum of Fine Arts. Please get in touch via our contact form if you’re interested in meeting at the MFA to share a ride.

Social hour from 6pm to 7pm with cash bar and DJ
Google Hangout with Kimberly Drew from 7pm to 8pm.

(courtesy Boston Globe)

(courtesy Mecanoo)

Museumhive meetup with Nina Simon: Photos

And here are a few photos from our meetup with Nina Simon last month. A great event — 60 or so showed up for our networking hour, participation on the writeable walls at innovation space District Hall in Boston, social time with colleagues, and a great conversation with Nina on what is ways of connecting with community beyond the walls of a museum…(Thanks to photographer Sarah Rejouis who provided most of these photos.) Read more

Video: Museumhive Hangout with Nina Simon: Relevance and the Distributed Museum

Great Hangout with Nina Simon last night on our first Museumhive meetup! Nina shared her perspective on the distributed museum with thoughts drawn from her new book, The Art of Relevance. To take it a step further, you can browse sample content and purchase the book in print and digital form at www.artofrelevance.org.

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Link to Nina Simon’s Book: The Art of Relevance

 

Here’s the link to Nina’s book in prep for our meetup next week: http://www.artofrelevance.org/

(Note that if shipping time is a concern to get this before the meetup, you can buy a digital version for download. There are also sample chapters available to read for free).