Institute of Museum and Library Services: $2.2 Million in Museum Grants to Strengthen African American History and Culture

Institute of Museum and Library Services: $2.2 Million in Museum Grants to Strengthen African American History and Culture. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced awards totaling $2,231,000 in Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC). The 14 grantees will match these awards with an additional $2,513,461 in non-federal funds. A total of 37 organizations requested grants totaling $4,841,383. Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.”

The Architect’s Newspaper: Architect creates app to change how exhibitions are designed

The Architect’s Newspaper: Architect creates app to change how exhibitions are designed. “For all the advances in technology over the past decade, the experience of curating and viewing museum shows has remained relatively unchanged. Even though digital archive systems exist and have certainly helped bring old institutions into the present, they have relatively little influence over the ways museum shows are designed and shared. The normal practice is more or less ‘old school’ and even borderline ‘dysfunctional,’ said Bika Rebek, principal of the New York and Vienna–based firm Some Place Studio.”

‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries (Art News)

Art News: ‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries. “In another sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions across the world, museum workers have begun making public their salary rates via a Google Spreadsheet document that began circulating on Friday morning. Titled ‘Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019,’ the document allows users to add information about the terms of their employment and their rates of pay at some of the biggest museums in the world.”

Business News Wales: £1 Million for Museums, Archives and Libraries in Wales

Business News Wales: £1 Million for Museums, Archives and Libraries in Wales. “In addressing the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales Annual Conference last week, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord-Elis-Thomas, announced that museums, archives and libraries in Wales will benefit from nearly £1 million Welsh Government capital funding to develop and enhance their facilities and services.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Up your selfie game at Cantor Arts Center’s new Instagram-ready sculpture garden

San Francisco Chronicle: Up your selfie game at Cantor Arts Center’s new Instagram-ready sculpture garden. “The life-size bronze sculpture of St. Katharina painted Stanford Cardinal red stands ready to go viral on Instagram, and that’s the point. ‘We are trying to make this a 21st century museum so that we can connect with our 21st century audiences,’ says Susan Dackerman, who was hired in 2017 as director of the Cantor Arts Center.”

University of Oregon: New website expands access to science and culture museum

University of Oregon: New website expands access to science and culture museum. “The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is realizing longstanding digital dreams with the launch of its new website…. Visitors to the site can explore dozens of digital collections galleries and link to searchable databases containing images and descriptions of thousands of paleontological, geological, and anthropological objects—including the museum’s renowned collection of perishable fiber artifacts from Oregon’s northern Great Basin, a region that was home to some of North America’s first cultures.”

The Verge: Deepfake Salvador Dalí takes selfies with museum visitors

The Verge: Deepfake Salvador Dalí takes selfies with museum visitors. “The experience is, well, surreal. Dalí appears before visitors when they press the doorbell on the kiosk where he lives, and he tells them stories about his life. With 45 minutes of newly created footage and thousands of combinations, each visitor gets a different experience. There are scenes that open with him reading the newspaper, with an overlay of the current front page of The New York Times; if it’s raining, he’ll comment on the weather. He’s almost like an Alexa device.”