INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

We’re excited to participate in the 2018 Museum Computer Network Annual Conference in Denver next week.  The conference theme is “Humanizing the Digital” – presentations will investigate how museums can use technology to foster human connection and dialogue, advance accessibility and inclusion, and champion inquiry and knowledge.  Our very own Cathy Sigmond and fellow evaluator...
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In this post I share how I organized Intentional Practice for Museums: A Guide for Maximizing Impact (available for a 30% discount by clicking the above link and using the promo code RLFANDF30 when you check out). Of no great surprise to those of you who know me, I approached writing about intentional practice methodically. The...
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I haven’t written a post in a long time even though I promised to post one blog per month in 2018; please accept my apology.   I thought I would be able to maintain an intermittent blogging schedule but I found that when writing for my book my brain entered a zone where a particular writing...
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Last week, we at RK&A were delighted at the release of the NAEA/AAMD impact study exploring the effects of facilitated single-visit art museum programs on students in grades 4 to 6.  A common question that we have fielded since we first shared preliminary results of the NAEA/AAMD study at the NAEA National Convention in March...
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We’re staying busy with multiple conferences and events this fall season! Next week we will be in Jackson, MS for the Southeastern Museums Conference where we will share and listen about this year’s theme: Museums Rise Up! Research Associate Erin Wilcox will present a session with Lauren McMurtray, Assistant Director of Development at the Mississippi...
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Students are back in school and today we are pleased to feature a guest post from our consulting analyst Gemma Mangione. She offers insights into her teaching practice in the Arts Administration program at Columbia University. Evaluation factors into the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ graduate and undergraduate curriculum guidelines across an array of areas...
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Our team is gearing up for next week’s American Association for State and Local History annual meeting in Kansas City. We’re excited to join public history professionals and volunteers for a few days to discuss the theme of this years meeting: Truth or Consequences. One of our Research Associates, Katie Chandler, will be presenting a session...
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Before I visited Dublin this summer, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum was not at all on my radar.  And, I must admit that the advertisement “fully digital museum” did not excite me, but I am so glad we gave it a chance because it turned out to be one of the most interesting parts of...
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We are looking forward to the upcoming 2018 Visitor Studies Association Conference, being held in partnership with the Association of Midwest Museums in Chicago. The conference theme is “Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust.” Three of our staff will be in attendance this year: Stephanie Downey, Amanda Krantz, and Cathy Sigmond. More details on what and...
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Recently, I was invited to speak about quantitative data for The George Washington University’s course, Evaluating Museum Learning.  My task was not to teach students how to conduct quantitative analysis, but rather, to help students become knowledgeable interpreters of quantitative data—whether encountered in their future museum work or the daily newspaper.  Based on my experience ...
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