The Museum as Agora: Identity and collaboration in the 21st century museum

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Presentation to the 2009 Webwise Conference, Washington DC 26 February 2009
Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian American Art Museum
ProctorN@si.edu

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The Museum as Agora: Identity and collaboration in the 21st century museum

  1. 1. The Museum as Agora Presentation to the 2009 Webwise Conference, Washington DC Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian American Art Museum [email_address] 26 February 2009 Identity and collaboration in the 21st century museum
  2. 2. What is collaboration in the Museum 2.0?
  3. 3. What is the Museum in this Web 2.0 world of information on demand? <ul><li>Whatever </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever </li></ul><ul><li>Wherever </li></ul>
  4. 4. Save Outdoor Sculpture! http://maps.google.com/ User-created content: Save Outdoor Sculpture!
  5. 5. Artful Abe http://AmericanArt.si.edu/ArtfulAbe
  6. 6. Fill the Gap http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/sets/
  7. 7. 1934 and Picturing the 1930s http://www.flickr.com/groups/1934
  8. 8. Wikipedia Loves Art http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Loves_Art
  9. 9. The Handheld Wiki http://MuseumMobile.info/wiki
  10. 10. The Museum in Dialogue <ul><li>http://SmartHistory.org </li></ul>
  11. 11. Curators in Conversation http://AmericanArt.si.edu/Podcasts
  12. 12. Learning through Teaching <ul><li>http://americanart.si.edu/education/activities/podcasts/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Museum in Play http://GhostsofaChance.com/
  14. 14. Happiness <ul><li>Time spent with people we like </li></ul><ul><li>The chance to be a part of something bigger </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfying work to do </li></ul><ul><li>The experience of being good at something </li></ul>– JANE M C GONIGAL, PhD Institute for the Future Hosted by the AAM Center for the Future of Museums, December 2, 2008, at the Newseum, Washington, DC http://www.slideshare.net/avantgame/gaming-the-future-of-museums-a-lecture-by-jane-mcgonigal-presentation?nocache=4592
  15. 15. What is collaboration?
  16. 16. Collaboration means: <ul><li>Communities & sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue & storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Integration & relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Trust & working interactively </li></ul><ul><li>Fun & happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Not being stingy! </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking resource allocation </li></ul><ul><li>Managing IP rights & brands </li></ul><ul><li>Being willing to take risks & fail </li></ul><ul><li>Re-evaluating quality vs quantity </li></ul>
  17. 17. What is the Museum? http://Smithsonian20.si.edu
  18. 18. The American Art Museum
  19. 19. The Museums… The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery
  20. 20. The Museum has become a Distributed Network
  21. 21. Photo by Mike Lee, 2007; from SAAM Flickr Group Our audiences now access American Art through a wide range of platforms beyond the museum’s walls and website
  22. 22. The Museum is transforming from Acropolis…
  23. 23. … into Agora
  24. 24. Nancy Proctor, [email_address] . edu 9 December 2008 <ul><li>Collaboration with other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with third parties </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with our audiences </li></ul>The Museum as Agora is an inherently collaborative space:
  25. 25. “ Where obstacles become opportunities to play!” Colleen Macklin, PETLab, Parsons School of Design Luce Foundation Center, SAAM
  26. 26. Nancy Proctor, PhD Head of New Media Smithsonian American Art Museum [email_address] AmericanArt.si.edu

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