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Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/22/2017

Category: Alliance Blog

1. The last few Roundups have centered around museums and natural disasters with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Unfortunately, this week the theme continues with sad news of an earthquake in Mexico, which is already responsible for more than 200 deaths, and another hurricane devastating Puerto Rico. Our thoughts are with all of our colleagues and the people in these affected regions.

As Mexico Searches for Survivors After Massive Quake, Museums Scramble to Locate Staff and Assess the Damage | artnet News

A massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico early Tuesday afternoon, and early estimates place the death toll at over 200. As authorities scramble to search for survivors and to reestablish communication channels, cultural institutions are among those trying to cope with the disaster.

2. Museums can serve important community needs both in good and difficult times. NPR shares a story about how the Young at Art Museum is helping families in Broward County as the area recovers from Hurricane Irma.

When Hurricane Irma Closed Schools, Florida Museums Stepped In

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Irma threw schedules out the window and left kids with little to do last week. But several Florida museums opened ad-hoc camps to teach art, science and a few coping skills. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Life is creeping back to normal in Miami as children are returning to school and parents are headed back to work.

3. Get inspired! Cooper Hewitt, the National Design Museum, provides endless hours of exploration through its 200,000 digitized objects online. This project has been ongoing for quite some time, but Open Culture offers some tips for starting your journey into this collection.

The Smithsonian Design Museum Digitizes 200,000 Objects, Giving You Access to 3,000 Years of Design Innovation & History

John Lennon poster by Richard Avedon When we think of design, each of us thinks of it in our own way, focusing on our own interests: illustration, fashion, architecture, interfaces, manufacturing, or any of a vast number of sub-disciplines besides.

4. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  teamed up with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) in taking a an official stand by writing legal documents about the negative impacts of the controversial travel ban for select Muslim-majority countries originally put in effect last January through presidential executive order. The Alliance and more than 100 museum have signed on to these documents.

The Guggenheim Teams Up With More Than 100 Museums to Fight Trump’s Immigration Ban | artnet News

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments next month over President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has taken a strong stance against it.

5. There’s a new Museopunks! This month The Punks talk about gender in museums with Anne Ackerson, Joan Baldwin and nikhil trivedi. Check it out!

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Museopunks: The Podcast for the Progressive Museum

Did you know that several studies in recent years have shown that when women enter a specific field in large numbers, the pay for that field declines overall, even for the same jobs that men were doing? This is one of many implications of gendered professions, which are at the core of this month’s episode of Museopunks.

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