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Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/23/2017

1. Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), offers his perspective on the noose that was placed at NMAAHC and other locations on the National Mall. This is a must read and reminds us of the important space of dialogue museums provide.

2. This long read dives into the evolving place of art and culture over the the past few decades in London while considering challenges facing the sector in the current climate.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jun/22/how-nicholas-serota-tate-changed-britain

3. Speaking of these challenges facing museums, especially those of financial sustainability — Chris Michaels, Digital Director of the National Gallery (U.K.), thinks its time to “think about how lessons from the digital economy can reshape [museums’] commercial engagement with our audience.”

http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/museum-business-models-digital-economy

4. Now how about a little science? Popular Science explores how researchers are working to keep cultural heritage safe from microorganisms — the “tiny invaders.”

http://www.popsci.com/art-attack-microbe

5. Tracy Truels, Director of Learning and Engagement at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, thinks about the role of leadership and how vision could be most effective and sustained if it were better distributed across staff.

What does it mean for a museum director to have a vision?

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