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Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/5/2017

Category: Alliance Blog

Hello from St. Louis where we’re kicking off #AAM2017! Enjoy this week’s Roundup and be sure to follow our Social Media Journalists at #AAMSMJ (on Twitter and Instagram).

1. The museum field got some good news earlier this week when we learned that Congress had agreed on a bipartisan bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs through September 30, 2017. Importantly, none of the arts and culture agencies nor programs had a budget cut, some even received slight increases. This is good news, but advocates need to keep the pressure on for September.

Congress Gives the Arts a Funding Boost | Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current FY2017 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017. None of the nation’s arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a budget cut.

2. Colossal reminds us that the Guggenheim Museum has been slowly building up quite a library of freely available modern and historic art books. What a great resource for art enthusiasts and researchers!

The Guggenheim Museum Shares Over 200 Free Art Books Through the Internet Archive

Over the last few years, the Guggenheim Museum has slowly released an impressive library of modern and historic art books in collaboration with the Internet Archive. The rare and out-of-print titles include books about Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Klee, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Cornell, as well

3. The National Museum of Singapore has partnered with a theater company and youth volunteers to make the museum more inclusive. The museum provided special training to the volunteers to learn basic ways of communicating with children who have different needs.

Making museums more inclusive for children with special needs

SINGAPORE- Professor T could not contain his excitement when he met his young audience during the GosTan Back preview performance. But his booming welcome was a tad loud for the children, who had special needs, causing one to flinch and cover his ears.

4. Conxa Rodà of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya shares a wonderful roundup from the Museums and the Web Conference held in Cleveland a few weeks ago. The article covers her top 10 takeaways with enough links to lead you down a few interesting rabbit holes!

10 Key takeaways from Museums and the Web 2017

Conxa Rodà Our team at the National Museum have been active in several ways in this edition of Museums and the Web, held in Cleveland from 19 th to 22 April: being part of the program Committee, members of the Jury of the Awards and giving 2 presentations: a 3-hours workshop on content strategy and a presentation of our participatory project Unique Visitors (more details below).

5. Curious who’s topping the UK in museums in awesomeness this year? The Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world’s biggest museum prize annually awarding one UK museum £100,000. The Guardian walks us through the shortlist.

Matisse or monkey skeletons – who should win museum of the year 2017?

Fiona Shaw Fiona Shaw Can it be 17 years since that building burst back into new life and changed the way we thought about art and London? As I remember, it had been gloomy on the South Bank until then.

Happy weekend!

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