Spent a fascinating day today in San Antonio at a MIDEA Workshop on Social Media. MIDEA is an acronym for the Marcus Institute for Digital Education and the Arts. In terms of full disclosure, I’m the lead blogger for the MIDEA blog, so I’m writing this both as an employee and a participant. The workshop brought together more than 50 museum professionals from across the country, but with a predominant number of delegates from Texas museums. The Marcus Foundation has consistently supported art education in Texas and has now branched out and is supporting this organization which is designed to serve arts-related institutions across the nation and across the world. Friends Peter Samis and Susan Chun were also in attendance, Peter with his inevitable wise words on almost every topic (I love Peter) and Susan gave a terrific presentation on strategic planning for social media in museums.
Larry Johnson, the CEO of NMC had invited me to kick-off the workshop and I so I offered the group some reflections upon the history of museums in United States, common aphorisms, and audience satisfaction. And much to my delight Rachel Smith was visually recording the session and posted the following photograph condensing what I said into the image below. Thanks Rachel.
The best thing about the day was listening to the presentations and ideas and commentaries of the really bright young people who are working in museums today. They are transforming the landscape and we (who are bowed at the shoulders, with creaky bones and joints) should take advantage of their enthusiasms and allow them to show us museums and audiences through their eyes much more often. A big shout out to Lillian from the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. You rock girl!
And…swallowing my words….
Lo many moons ago in this blog I declared my intention (in musical parody) never to tweet. But today, June 30, 2010, I take it all back. I’m tweeting–but sparingly–one tweet a day, an object from a museum somewhere in the world. You can follow me on twitter as @hwitchey.