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Is succession planning in your museum's future?
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On Feb. 9–11, AAM Professional Development presents "Executive Suite: Planning for Leadership Transition," a three–part live Web conference. Explore the challenges of succession planning, executive leadership and fostering leaders throughout your museum. For more information or to register, visit

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Gender gap stops growing
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A report released Jan. 26 says that the gender gap in college enrollments has largely leveled off, with the key exception of Latino enrollments, where men are falling further behind women. The report by the American Council on Education comes amid much talk nationally about the significance of trends that have left men making up only about 43 percent of college enrollments and new college graduates. Some colleges have gone so far as to talk about affirmative action for men, which in turn has prompted an investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. And a flurry of articles have suggested problems for the United States economy and society if male educational attainment continues to decline. More

National Arts Index reveals lower health and vitality of arts industries in 2008
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Due to losses in charitable giving and declining attendance at larger cultural institutions, the health and vitality of arts in the United States was lower in 2008 than it was in 2003, a new report from Americans for the Arts finds. According to the report, "National Arts Index," attendance at art museums decreased by 13 percent in that period, while audiences at popular music events were down by 6 percent. However, between 1998 and 2008, there was a steady increase in the number of artists and arts organizations and in arts–related employment. Indeed, while attendance in arts events is shrinking, advances in technology are changing how Americans experience the arts. More

Soft crash for the "creative class?"
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Cities that attract hip, creative types will be the ones to prosper this century, while industrial centers that can't keep it cool will continue to fall behind. That's the thesis from Richard Florida, the public policy guru/consultant. But is a two–tiered economy (a small class of highly–paid creatives supported by a large underclass of un–unionized service sector employees) really sustainable? More

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Missouri museum attendance booming
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The number of visitors to St. Joseph's museums last year grew to 139,000, a 9 percent increase, and that's without counting the city's 40,000 visitors to the Remington Nature Center. The numbers are the highest they've been since 2001, said Marci Bennett, director of the St. Joseph Convention & Visitors Bureau. It's due in part to the museums doing a better job of promoting themselves and more people rediscovering what's in their own backyard. One way to self–promote involved a number of museums producing promotional videos. More

If your kids are awake, they're probably online
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The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. ♦ Read or download the full report here. More


Future trends of 2010 and beyond
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European futurologist Markku Wilenius talks about the developments that will shape the coming decade, from climate change to digitalization to dramatic demographic shifts. More

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U.K. report on future jobs predicts more space pilots and organ manufacturers, fewer butchers
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With the U.S. unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, and the U.K. unemployment rate stuck at about 8 percent, most people are worrying about what job they'll have 20 days from now, not 20 years in the future. However, for people willing to hold out until 2030 before finding a new career, a new report from Britain's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills predicts that the jobs available then will be quite awesome, with space pilot, vertical farmer, and organ designer as some of the more popular professions. More

The city of the future echoes the past
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A visit to "China Prophecy: Shanghai," now at the Skyscraper Museum through April, is a handy way to get a better grip on the changes under way in this clamoring, glamorous city. Built around the plausible conceit that Shanghai today is experiencing the explosive urban creativity and convulsive growth last seen during the skyscraper age of New York in the '30s, the show sets out to "juxtapose a retrospective of American visions of the skyscraper city of the future from the early twentieth century with an exploration of Chinese cities today, pursuing the parallel conditions of rapid modernization and urbanization." More

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Looking beyond 2050 — Some interesting and disturbing trends
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Fertility rates are declining around the world and most of what is written about this trend casts it in a positive light. The cover story of last November's Economist magazine carried the headline: "Falling Fertility — How the Population Problem is Solving Itself." It claimed that countries like China are enjoying a "demographic dividend" over the coming decades. As positive as an end to human population increase might be for the planet, the question that is not getting much attention is, "what next?" More

People are staying longer in workforce
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American workers are turning grayer: Older adults are working longer, and younger adults are delaying entry into the labor force, according to a report released from the Pew Research Center. The nation's workforce has been moving in this direction for the past two decades, the report states, but the changes have been exacerbated by the recession, despite the tens of thousands of older workers who have lost their jobs since December 2007. More


Georgia art museums collaborate to share resources and collections across the state
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The High Museum of Art, in collaboration with four Georgia museums, has established the Georgia Art Museum Partnership initiative — the first of its kind in the state that will allow for the sharing of resources and collections among museums in Georgia and the Southeast. The five partnering museums are the High Museum of Art, the Albany Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. For this three–year pilot initiative, these partners will draw on each other's resources for exhibitions and loans of individual objects, professional development workshops and consultations and collection storage. More

How art affects the brain
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At an exhibit opening this past weekend at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, visitors will be asked to wear 3–D glasses and walk around with clipboards and pencils while looking at images of sculptures. "Beauty and the Brain: A Neural Approach to Aesthetics," enlists the public as participants in a Johns Hopkins University study that looks at why the human brain is attracted to artwork. More

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Google Street View maps the San Diego Zoo
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With its virtual doors opening to visitors recently, the San Diego Zoo has become the first zoo to be accessible via Google Street View, and a pioneer location for Street View mapping of places inaccessible by car. More

A gleaming new showcase for the Acropolis
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For advocates of the repatriation of marble sculptures removed from the Parthenon in the early nineteenth century and long housed at the British Museum in London, the new Acropolis Museum is proof — at last — that Greece has a safe place to display the hotly contested artworks. For Athenians who live and work near the Acropolis, the looming modern structure at the southeastern base of the hill is a mixed blessing. More

A parasitologist's ode to diversity
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You may be familiar with "Word a Day" e–mail lists and smartphone apps. Susan Perkins, an associate curator at the American Museum of Natural History, is doing "Parasite of the Day." That's the name of her new blog, inspired by the UN's pronouncement that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. More

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Cut and Paste: Exhibition of repurposed junk at Royal Ontario Museum
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People make a number of useful and interesting things by using material discarded as junk. Call it repurposing, upcycling or any other name, the result mostly is praise worthy. Case in point: the Cut and Paste exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibition showcases designs/products from Canadian designers. All of the items on display here have been created from repurposed materials. More

Museums of the future: Crowdsourcing storms the Ivory Tower
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Imagine the digital future of museums. A future where we can view art and objects in an immersive 3–D environment, view and create exhibitions online and share visual playlists, like we share Spotify playlists today. The 3–D "Avatar" of today could be the 3–D MoMA of tomorrow. ♦ This article discusses innovative exhibits at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Smithsonian and the British Museum. More

Tools for the Future

After 10 years, federal money for technology in education
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More than a decade ago, Lawrence K. Grossman, former president of both NBC News and PBS, and Newton N. Minow, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, were asked by several foundations to explore how nonprofits like schools, libraries and museums could tap into emerging digital technologies. This week, the Education Department unveils the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies. It could be handing out grants by fall. More

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Intelligent lighting of the future from University of California Davis
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What types of smart lights will power our homes and offices in the next five to 10 years? At the California Lighting Institute at University of California Davis, Professor Michael Siminovitch shows us a giant integrated sphere that acts as an advanced light meter. He also discusses an array of LED and fluorescent lighting technologies including, down lighting systems for residential use, and exterior LED lighting for garages and parking lots. ♦ Which of these technologies will be used to light museums in the future?


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