INTENTIONAL MUSEUM BLOG

Recently, Christine Castle asked readers of her Museum Education Monitor for their “words to live by”—pithy phrases and bon mots that help [them] make it through the museum education day.  This got me thinking about the words I live by as a museum evaluator.  Three little words easily popped into my mind—less is more.  These...
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My life as a museum evaluator preceded my life as a parent, and over the past 15 plus years, I have learned a great deal about child development, family learning, and parent-child interactions in informal learning settings.  I know what I know from academia (Piaget and Vygotsky), from classic studies on family learning, and from...
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Earlier this week our Founding Director Randi Korn was featured as a guest blogger on Carol Ann Scott’s blog Museums and Value.  You can check out Randi’s guest blog post on the importance of intentional planning HERE.  To learn more about Carol’s new book Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures, take a look at...
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Every day I am reminded how much power passion has—for those who feel it—we are driven to do what we love; for those who have the pleasure of hearing others talk about their passion—we are struck by the depth of their love for something—whether contemporary art, medieval manuscripts, or organic chemistry.  Last night I attended...
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One of the amazing benefits of working as an evaluator with a variety of institutions is the opportunity for personal learning.  Having an art-history background, I find myself learning the most when I’m placed in non-art environments—reading about fault lines and earthquakes at the California Academy of Science, or getting my hands dirty while exploring...
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I am no stranger to nature.  I went to summer camp as a kid and I took a wilderness survival class in high school (although, in the interest of full disclosure, I got mono and never took the outdoor final exam).  While living in Seattle, I climbed Mt. Si, and accidentally snow-shoed up a ski...
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On April 17, 2012, the Space Shuttle Discovery was delivered to Dulles International Airport on the back of a specially designed Boeing 747.  I know many people in the DC area saw it that day as it flew past the Washington Monument and other national landmarks; I saw it from the balcony of my apartment,...
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Two weeks ago, I attended the Learning Value of Children’s Museums Research Agenda Symposium.  When I received an email from the project evaluator asking me about what most resonated from the first day of the symposium, I found that my most immediate thoughts had nothing to do with children’s museums, despite the many interesting conversations...
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In July, we moved our office.  Even though we were just moving across the street, moving is moving.  Books, articles, reports, journals, files (I’m not paperless as much as I try), drawer contents—everything needed to be boxed and labeled.  Intentionally, I had accumulated articles that filled two large file drawers—all the ones I collected in...
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A personal account of what is a too-common story for many across this vast country of ours—how my childhood home became FILLED WITH STUFF!  Not just ordinary stuff—like my 4th grade math homework—but the stuff that makes The Museum of Mom and Dad… Almost 60 years ago, a pack rat married a hoarder, and together...
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