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Opening Up Museums

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A talk given at the Nobel Peace Center on Monday, November 5, 2012 about how we transformed the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History through participatory practice.

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Opening Up Museums

  1. 1. OPENING UPTHE MUSEUMNina Simon/ Santa Cruz Museum of Art & HistorySLIDES/ BIT.LY/OPENMUSEOPINIONS/ @NINAKSIMON
  2. 2. Hi.My name is Nina,and I want tochange museums.
  3. 3. photo by muckster on Flickr
  4. 4. photo by underdutchskies on Flickr
  5. 5. photo by geemo88 on Flickr
  6. 6. I know many art museumworkers would recoil in horror atthe idea of being inundated bySunday painters.
  7. 7. $
  8. 8. What happensin that building? $
  9. 9. What happens in that building? $THIS IS TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING.
  10. 10. OPENING 1:community asCO-CREATOR
  11. 11. “The percentage of ‘unrelated’ responsesdecreased from 58% (white cards) to 40% (bluecards), and ‘specific’ responses nearly doubled,from 28% (white) to 50% (blue).” http://www.participatorymuseum.org/ref3-16/
  12. 12. even though wehave seenfamous exhibitsfrom picasso tomonet-this isthe first exhibit
  13. 13. 2010-2011 visitors busiest day cash40000" 3000" $350,000#35000" $300,000# 2500"30000" $250,000# 2000"25000" $200,000#20000" 1500" $150,000#15000" 1000" $100,000#10000" 500" 5000" $50,000# 0" 0" $0# 2010(2011" 2011(2012" 20102011" 20112012" June#2011# June#2012#
  14. 14. 2010-2011 2011-2012 visitors busiest day cash40000" 3000" $350,000#35000" $300,000# 2500"30000" $250,000# 2000"25000" $200,000#20000" 1500" $150,000#15000" 1000" $100,000#10000" 500" 5000" $50,000# 0" 0" $0# 2010(2011" 2011(2012" 20102011" 20112012" June#2011# June#2012#
  15. 15. OPENING 2:artifacts associal objects
  16. 16. photo by DG Jones on Flickr
  17. 17. Science Museum of Minnesota Photo by Terry Gydesen
  18. 18. photo by mattwi1s0n on Flickr
  19. 19. OPENING 3:MUSEUMS that matter
  20. 20. yourSLIDES/ BIT.LY/OPENMUSEOPINIONS/ @NINAKSIMON turn

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