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Food: A recipe for successful museums
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This week in the CFM Blog, Chicago Botanic Garden's Eliza Fournier shares how the CBG builds community and mentors future staff with its youth garden initiative. And she explains why you should join us for the Feeding the Spirit webcast on Feb. 17.

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Charitable giving jumps in Texas, nationwide
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Charitable giving in the United States jumped 7.5 percent in 2011, with Texas seeing some of the strongest growth at 9.3 percent, according to a report from Dallas-based Atlas of Giving. Americans gave about $346 billion to charity in 2011. More

Study: Segregation curtailed in US cities
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More than 40 years after the federal government enacted fair-housing legislation and the Great Migration of blacks from the South began to ebb, residential segregation in metropolitan America has been significantly curtailed. An influx of immigrants and the gentrification of black neighborhoods contributed to the change, the study said, but suburbanization by blacks was even more instrumental. The progress was less pronounced between blacks and non-Hispanic whites, though, than it has been between blacks and nonblacks, including Asians and Hispanic people. More

The Power of Animal Magnetism

A new national survey called “Releasing Wild Success” identifies important new findings about visitor motivations, desires, and behaviors related to animals in cultural attractions. MORE


Trend briefing: Point-Know-Buy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With textual search and information now abundantly available to most people most of the time, the race is on to make instant visual search and information ubiquitous too. Any real world object (if not person) will soon be able to be "known" by on-the-go consumers equipped with smart phones, which can be pointed at anything to retrieve/find related information on a whim. And yes, some commerce may follow from that as well. More

Top 10 nonprofit policy issues
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To anticipate the public policy issues that nonprofits will face at the state and local levels in 2012, it is useful to review the significant policy challenges and opportunities that nonprofits faced in 2011. Here is a list of key issues compiled by the National Council of Nonprofits. ♦ Learn more about the top policy issues for museums at Museums Advocacy Day. More

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Teen travel grows internationally in 2011
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Family Travel Forum has released findings on student travel trends from FTF's 5th annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship competition. The results are based on more than 5,500 teens ages 13-18, in American and Canadian junior high and high schools, American schools abroad, or in a U.S. homeschool program. Of the teen applicants, 51 percent traveled outside the United States by their 18th birthday, the first time that the majority has done so since the U.S. recession began in 2008. More


Is it possible to predict what the future holds?
Australian Broadcasting Corp.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One hundred years ago an engineer in America wrote in the Ladies' Home Journal what he predicted life would be like today. What's truly interesting about the article is not so much the hits and misses, but the way we try to project our own understanding of the world onto a world that will have changed enormously. ♦ Includes an interview with futurist Mark Pesce. 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


A recipe for a remarkable Milwaukee
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Could Milwaukee become a truly remarkable city? This was the question that a carefully curated group of personalities, sitting on brocaded couches and being served tequila and coffee, took on in front of a capacity crowd at the Pabst Theater recently. The event, organized by Historic Milwaukee, was designed to encourage unfettered thinking. The experimental form of dialogue ran the spectrum ... [and the subjects] included public art, transit, collaborative building projects, the fate of the Shops of Grand Avenue mall, segregation, the need for density downtown and the evils of talk radio, among many other things. More


Art beyond the museum
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Although it offers freedom from the clutter and overstimulation of museum art-viewing, street art comes with its own issues, including uncertainty in content and intention. ♦ A philosopher considers the nature of "Post-Museum Art." More

Unleash the power of technology: How museums can create engaging experiences
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A new media artist asks, "How is technology changing the way we experience a museum? And what technologies are likely to create engaging experiences for a museum's audience? Checking out a museum's website or Facebook site can definitely enhance visitors' overall experience with the museum, but I was primarily interested in experiences that enhance people's engagement during their visit." With examples. More

Björk's latest experiment: Teaching science
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Björk turned her last album into an app. Now she's turning her music into a science exhibit for New York City students, with an unusual three-week run at a Queens museum better known for its molecule models and retired spacecraft. The singer arrives at the New York Hall of Science next month to hold a series of classes for middle school students, as well as six open-to-the-public concerts in the museum's Great Hall. More

Art Institute receives pledge for exchange program with India
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India's government is pledging $500,000, plus more in travel expenses, to the Art Institute of Chicago as part of a new professional exchange program between India and the museum. "It's a big commitment, and we're very pleased and proud to be the first American museum to receive a grant from the government of India," Art Institute Director Douglas Druick said. "It's very exciting, and it opens new possibilities for our engagement with India and Indian culture." More

Phoenix-area museums reach out to Hispanic visitors
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Arizona museums realize they have to do more to attract Hispanic visitors and are launching efforts to reach out to an untapped market. This article focuses on efforts by the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. More

Tools for the Future

Multitoe = massive touchscreens on the floor
Hasso Plattner Institute    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefMultitoe is a research project from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. The researchers write that "Tabletop computers cannot become larger than arm's length without giving up direct touch. This prevents tabletop applications from dealing with more than a few dozen on-screen objects. We propose direct touch surfaces that are orders of magnitude larger by integrating high-resolution multi-touch into back-projected floors, while maintaining the purpose and interaction concepts of tabletop, i.e., direct manipulation." More

Building facades of the future will display music and video art
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The "Augmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / İstiklâl Caddesi" exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey, plays with sound, music, light, video, mathematics, visual arts and architecture for a new type of building and streetscape experience. Each of these disciplines is transformed into another, creating a multi-sensory experience on the "living canvas." This interdisciplinary design provides a glimpse into what buildings might look like in the future. More

Virtual reality contact lenses are 1 step closer to reality
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As Dr. Michio Kaku has been predicting for years, we are inching ever closer to producing virtual reality contact lenses that will add a layer of interactive, rich information over our mundane visual landscape. More

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