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, 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!…

Video: Museumhive Hangout with Kimberly Drew

Another amazing hangout with Kimberly Drew of the MET Museum and Black Contemporary Art.

Notes:

0:00 Cierra Peters; Introduction to Museumhive

0:33 The MET. blogging and social media – how Kimberly started.

3:53 The Challenges of working with digital media.

7:25 Digital media’s place in museums.

6:53 Initiating Dialogue: reaching the communities museums intend to serve.

12:00 Question from the audience: how can we reach communities when resources are limited? – If there’s an opportunity to reach out to 1-5 community organizers, make space available for others, think creatively about how to use resources.

12:50 Stories from the Studio Museum in Harlem: it’s really easy to forget that people on the outside don’t always know what the Museum is doing. It’s worthwhile to slow down and invite people in.

14:00 Question from Cierra: Can you talk about Black Art Incubator and Black Futures – all of Kimberly’s projects are born from collaboration and others being gracious enough to share their time with her.

15:18 On the Black Art Incubator: how it began, and why community is important in our current political moment.

16:57 On Black Futures: a book project with Jenna Wortham

18:01 Follow up question: What was the process like during Black Art Incubator?

20:59 Question from the audience: What digital art projects are inspiring you? – DM’ing other scholars, people taking selfies at the museum, the infinite ways in which people can engage with the galleries of the museums are inspiring.

23:55 Question from the audience: Does the museum online need to reflect the physical space? It’s more important to illustrate the possibility of visiting and what the museum has to offer. Illustrate the mission.

26:26 Question from the audience: Is changing the museums image through digital disingenuous?

27:39 Museums need to share resources through digital.

28:34 Question from the audience, Christlene De Jean: how do you use your platform to hold space for art and discourse? – A: there is always a way to use what exists in the archive to relate to contemporary conversations.

30:55 Our digital imprint has so much potential for change.

32:00 Question from the audience: Do you have a final statement for the group?

33:20 Thank you and goodbye!

Revised Hangout Prep Notes

Here we are, after a great event, and we’ve updated the way you can view the archived Hangout with Nina. Best way is to view it through our blog entry, so you can view the notes and add your own comments. Enjoy!

And, please, if you haven’t already, sign up for our e-newsletter in the sidebar – it’s the way we can follow up and send you the URL to the archived video and keep you posted about future events. Thanks!

 

Museumhive: Meetup on 10/26; Nina Simon Google Hangout

We may still be working on this site, but we’re moving full speed ahead with plans! Primed to have Nina Simon as our first Hangout guest talking with us about museums and relevance.  We’ll also be talking about the Museumhive plan where we collectively create documents about connecting museums and communities. 10/26/16 at District Hall in Boston.  The big picture: developing a model where colleagues across an industry meet up informally and develop community content that moves the field forward. Sign up for our e-Newsletter so we can keep you posted. Schedule:

  • 6pm to 6:45 social time with DJ and cash bar
  • 6:45 to 7pm Museumhive intro and overview
  • 7pm to 7:30 Hangout with Nina Simon, Q&A

Please register for the (free) event here to reserve your spot.

Museumhive proposal to IMLS is funded!

Happy to get word that our proposal to IMLS to explore the “generative meetup” has been approved — we’ll be exploring ways that informal social gatherings among professionals and emerging professionals can generate content beyond the event.  Here’s the summary found on IMLS’ website:

The New England Museum Association will explore the “generative meetups” concept by launching the Museumhive project. This new professional development model will connect regional museum professionals with thought leaders to create local content on topics of national interest to the museum profession. The initial theme will focus on “the distributed museum,” a museum not bound by its physical location but integrated throughout its community. The project will support six in-person meetups featuring presentations by national thought leaders talking about their work via live Google Hangouts. After each meetup, staff and volunteers will index and archive the Hangout video, summarize the event on a WordPress site, invite additional contributions via email and Twitter, and then prepare a short e-publication summary designed to help staff connect the topic to their own experiences at their museums. This experimental format for hive-created content will be shared with other museum associations for national replication.

https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/mg-45-16-0029-16