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Whether or not public programs are again canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth Day each April 22 warrants the engagement of the museum sector. Emlyn Koster explains why. “Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet — In the decades leading up to the first...
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It’s always a pleasure to share this page with our friends and colleagues in museums.  Today we’re delighted to share the first post in a new four-part series by Rachel Nicholson from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (located in Kansas City, MO).  Every two weeks throughout April and May, Rachel will highlight her team’s efforts...
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The next time our senses are filled with an orchestral experience, Emlyn Koster suggests we take away some contemplative lessons for the needs of museums.  A lecture titled ‘The Two Solitudes’ by novelist and chemist C.P. Snow at the University of Cambridge in 1959 became famous. It voiced alarm that the sciences and humanities had...
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Emlyn Koster urges the museum sector to combine operational recovery efforts with strategic pathways towards a more holistic societal and environmental future.  “The very subject of our discussion shows the painful anxiety and uncertainty with which we search for our proper function in the national struggle for a better future.” What sounds like a synopsis...
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Emlyn Koster, PhD, delves into why museums should illuminate the environmental and societal impacts of climate change. The Earth’s wafer-thin atmosphere, looking like a blue halo, is life’s protective envelope. Image credit An undergraduate geologist in the UK in 1969, I was glued to the live transmission from NASA’s astronauts on the Moon with their...
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Over the last month, we have actively been drafting an anti-racism pledge as we study and reflect on equity in our work.  We are hopeful that under the leadership of President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, who both addressed systemic racism in their acceptance speeches, our government will begin the hard...
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We have been working to actively post on our blog over the past few months in response to how COVID-19 is affecting the museum field.  However, considering the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and in solidarity with the protests unfolding daily against systemic racism in our country, we will be pausing...
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The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the museum community to its core.   In a guest post for Art Museum Teaching, Stephanie grapples with one aspect of museum work that will face continuing challenges, now and in the months to come—sustaining museum-school relationships during and after COVID-19.  She writes: The question for me isn’t “will museums keep working...
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Randi wrote a piece for this week’s SuperHelpful newsletter reflecting on the value of Intentional Practice during the current pandemic.  The questions she poses are an excellent jumping off point for anyone trying to navigate a purposeful path forward for their department or organization in these uncertain times. For example: All museums will need to...
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RK&A is excited to announce that Randi Korn will be giving the Keynote Address at the Small Museum Association Conference in College Park, Maryland next week, February 17!  This year, the SMA conference theme is “Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage: Museums as Catalysts for Social Change.” In the Keynote, Randi will explain the...
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