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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

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

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 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.