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Hone your futurist skills with the professionals
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Earn a certificate in Strategic Foresight from the Futures Studies Program at the University of Houston. The next intensive workshop (five days long, project based) is scheduled for Jan. 10-14. CFM readers get a 20 percent discount on the tuition (e-mail the program staff for details before you register). Click here to learn more about the workshop.

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Mapping the Measure of America
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Gross Domestic Product answers the question "How's the economy doing?" But the American Human Development Index answers "an equally — if not more — important question: How are people doing?" Use this website to explore "the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America," as reflected in various measurements of health, education and income. You can also create interactive maps and tables with national, state and even local social statistics ranging from demographic attributes, to housing and environmental issues, to health and education. More

All Museums Can Learn from NASA Participatory Exploration

A masterplan for Kennedy Space Center incorporates PE in a museum. The implications for the future of museums go beyond the innovative NASA model. Read more.


Beyond demographics: The online world of young Hispanics
Engage: Hispanics at MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research presented at the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies annual conference last month provides a glimpse into the private Internet lives of Hispanics ages 12-34 today. They follow the larger cultural trends of their age group, viewing the Internet as essential as food, air and water, but they also bring their unique cultural perspective as well. More

Are women the new men?
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Euro RSCG Worldwide has released the results of its latest global study looking at the millennial generation through the prism of gender. The study, entitled "Gender Shift: Are Women the New Men?," surveyed 3,000 respondents across China, France, India, the U.K. and the U.S. This analysis includes "Five Things You Should Know About Gender and Millennials in the USA." More

Grace your exhibit space with these simple designs.

Gaylord® Crystal Cubes™ Exhibit Cases offer museum-quality settings for your collections. Suitable for displaying almost any object, decks hold 200 lbs. and won't release harmful gases. Choose extra protection with UV filtering and a deck compartment for humidity-controlling silica.


Q and A: Tim Gunn
Smithsonian Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tim Gunn, chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and co-host of Lifetime TV's "Project Runway," talks about what makes good design and more. He also explains why designers need to visit museums: "First of all, it's inspiration. Secondly, it gives you a broader view of your place in the world." More


Improved economic conditions to boost Thanksgiving travel by more than 11 percent
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AAA projects that the number of Americans traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday will increase 11.4 percent from 2009, with approximately 42.2 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home. Last year, 37.9 million Americans traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday. The 2010 Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 24, to Sunday, Nov. 28. ♦ Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers. Click here and here for some fun facts about the holiday. More

Hollingsworth Fine Arts Traveling Exhibitions

Providing affordable, unique traveling exhibitions to museums of history and art since 1994.  Contact us today 866-360-4242,

Foundation giving likely to increase in 2011
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According to a new research advisory from the Foundation Center, foundation giving is poised to rebound slightly in 2011, after being flat in 2010, but it will take several years for it to match the peak level recorded in 2008. More


eGameRevolution opens at The Strong museum
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An army of crazed gorillas, deadly space aliens and doomsday missiles has just invaded The Strong museum. eGameRevolution is the world's first permanent exhibit to explore video games' colorful history. It features 30 vintage games — all restored to playing condition — and scores of rare video artifacts. The Strong is hitching its own fortunes to this boom industry. Last year it launched the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, offering nearly 25,000 games and related materials for research purposes. More

Illuminating the past
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In Northwestern Illinois, Chicago-based artist Philip Hartigan and writer Patricia Ann McNair worked with the Carroll County Historical Society on an art project that will serve as a memoir of the community of Carroll County. The resulting work is a series of luminaries: Large boxes made of elm sourced from a local sustainable farm that contain photos and written memoirs from the residents printed on the side panels. More

Norman Foster's moving elevator gallery opens in New York City
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What do you do when your institution is on a tiny piece of land in a crowded city? You build up! The new Sperone Westwater Gallery on New York City's Bowery includes "a 12×20 foot freight elevator that travels up and down the structure to showcase the various collections on display." More

Inside the brain: Museum exhibit will blow your mind
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Bars of light passing across a massive tangle of cables give the sense of being surrounded by crackling electrical signals and firing neurons as you enter the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit here. Most people may visit the museum for the fossils, but this time they'll want to stay for the brains. The brain exhibit quickly immerses visitors by inviting them to look, listen and touch. More

Europe seeks to grow digital archive
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Europe's online digital museum now has more than 14 million artifacts but experts are still looking for ways to improve the collection. Europeana, the E.U.'s digital library, was launched in November 2008 to allow people access to digitized books, maps, paintings, newspapers, photographs, film fragments and other audiovisual documents from Europe's cultural institutions in their own language. More

New MiniMax MR16 track fixtures.

MiniMax MR16 O and MiniMax MR16 W set a new standard for quartz halogen track lighting. See what we mean at our website


Museums' changing face
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The Mauritshuis, home of Vermeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring," is the latest landmark museum in the Netherlands to undertake major renovations. "You can think of a cross between the Apple store in New York and the Louvre," is how Mauritshuis Director Emilie Gordenker describes the museum's hopes for the extension and renovation. More

The Museum of True History
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Modeled on, but very different from, the highly prestigious Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, The Museum of True History in New Zealand — known affectionately as 'MOTH' by collection enthusiasts and museum professionals alike — is a humble, but by no means diminutive example, of five centuries of collecting traditions. More

Tim Burton's Cadavre Exquis — crowdsourcing a transmedia story
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Tim Burton is inviting the public to join in a "storytelling adventure" by contributing serial Tweets. Conceived to generate buzz for the Toronto International Film Festival, the scripting experiment runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 6. TIFF is honoring Burton's work by running "Tim Burton," the first MoMA exhibition to be presented in Toronto in over 20 years. Contributors are invited to Tweet as often as they'd like with the best Tweets of each day selected to build the story. The story can be followed as it unfolds on the project's website. More

Tools for the Future

Best of what's new 2010: Our 100 innovations of the year
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Popular Science's "annual celebration of superlative technological innovation." Not all of these innovations are relevant to museums (at least, not right now!), but there are plenty of hints about tools for the future. More

When the playroom is the computer
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Alphabot is a block-shaped robot that seems to roll onto a computer screen. It's part of an educational-media system being developed at the MIT Media Laboratory that gives new meaning to the term "computing environment." The technology is designed to create a seamless reality involving 3-D objects and a computer screen — and to get kids out of their seats while they interact with computing technology. More

Wayfinding is more than signage — using other visual clues
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We just discovered this blog from the U.K. design firm CCD. A recent posting dealt with an issue near and dear to museums: Wayfinding. "Wayfinding around complex buildings and spaces is a difficult task. The main tactic is usually static signage. However this has problems in the volume of information that can be presented and more importantly absorbed and understood by the user. To deal with this we are seeing more interesting ways to convey wayfinding information — here are some examples that we've come across recently." More

E-paper breakthrough could lead to rollable, flexible,
even disposable e-readers

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The problem with most e-paper, as we've come to know it, is that it's not actually anything like paper. Most e-readers like the Amazon Kindle use a glass substrate embedded with complex circuitry to achieve the visual appearance of paper rather than the glow of a computer screen. But a new kind of e-paper under development at the University of Cincinnati could change all that by putting e-ink where it belongs: On e-paper that's actually made out of paper. The breakthrough could finally lead to rollable, flexible, low-cost and even disposable e-readers. ♦ Imagine all the ways that flexible displays could be incorporated into an exhibit. More

Long live the Web: A call for continued open standards and neutrality
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Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, looks back at the past 20 years and ahead to the challenges facing the Web in the future. These challenges include universal access, maintaining open standards, keeping the Web separate from the Internet and preserving "electronic civil rights." "As long as the Web's basic principles are upheld, its ongoing evolution is not in the hands of any one person or organization — neither mine nor anyone else's. If we can preserve the principles, the Web promises some fantastic future capabilities." More

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