Blooloop: Celebrity influencers and the Beyoncé effect – making museums cool

Blooloop: Celebrity influencers and the Beyoncé effect – making museums cool . “Celebrtiy influencers, from Beyoncé and Bowie to Brian Blessed and Winnie the Pooh are attracting new audiences to museums. Powered by social media, these famous faces are able to drive significant growth in attendance.”

Mail & Guardian: ‘South America’s biggest museum was destroyed by fire on my watch’

Mail & Guardian: ‘South America’s biggest museum was destroyed by fire on my watch’. “The fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris devastated one of the world’s most iconic buildings, an incalculable loss to humanity’s architectural, religious and cultural heritage. Alexander Kellner knows exactly what this feels like. He was in charge of Brazil’s National Museum when it burnt down last year, destroying more than 90% of the collection. This is his story.”

Medium: Uncovering the global picture of Open GLAM

Medium: Uncovering the global picture of Open GLAM. “How many cultural heritage institutions make their digital collections available for free reuse? How do they do this, and where is open access most prevalent? 12 months ago, Andrea Wallace and I set out to find some answers. In the first post in a short series, I recount the origins and motivations of the Open GLAM survey.”

Suburban Times: Tacoma’s Shanaman Sports Museum receives multiple grants to bolster online archives

Suburban Times: Tacoma’s Shanaman Sports Museum receives multiple grants to bolster online archives. “The Ben B. Cheney Foundation recently approved a $9,000 grant to support writing of descriptions for thousands of historical photos, game programs and other artifacts… Additionally, a $5,000 grant from the Pierce County Historic Preservation Society and a grant from Tacoma South Sound Sports, will help cover the project’s expenses as sportswriters are already at work adding more details to the digital history.”

Xinhua Net: Shaanxi’s digital museum attracts views from 122 countries

Xinhua Net: Shaanxi’s digital museum attracts views from 122 countries. “A digital museum in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, home to the famous Terracotta warriors, has received more than 2 million page views from over 120 countries since its operation. The online museum digitalizes cultural relics and exhibitions of more than 140 actual museums in the province, which can be accessed by netizens across the world.”

Pull out those colored pencils: Museums worldwide are offering free adult coloring books for download (Philly .com)

Philly .com: Pull out those colored pencils: Museums worldwide are offering free adult coloring books for download. “Whether you consider yourself a natural born artist or a stick-figure-drawer for life, creating a colorful masterpiece has never been easier, thanks to the Color Our Collections campaign. The week-long initiative (through Feb. 8) invites you to choose from hundreds of adult coloring books, featuring images from the collections of quirky museums, libraries, and archives around the world.”

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Creates Digital Archive of Its Magazine, The Cairn

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies has digitized its magazine, The Cairn, with archives going back to 1976. It’s available at https://www.whyte.org/the-cairn . The magazine is digital now but the archive is updated monthly with the latest digital issue. The museum describes its mission on its About page this way: “In the spirit of Peter and Catharine Whyte, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies acquires, preserves, interprets and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas through our collections, programs and exhibitions.”