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  1. Debra Ziska makes very relevant observations in her article. The key is to keep the conversations going with effective programs and initiatives and keep track of measurable metrics. Ai will change the future if content curation in incredible and unimaginable ways. Chance favors a prepared museum!

    1. George, Thank you so much for adding to the story to make it even more relevant. I could write another story about how the conversation did continue, just not as robustly as Ruth Fine and I and others had hoped. But at least the conversation got started. Curious about AI, we should talk more about that. And love the motto: “Chance favors a prepared museum!” I would add: “As long as the museum is willing to take a chance.”

  2. The Alliance Blog is an excellent source when I am looking for examples or models of how museums are doing things or potential presenters and panelists, while a lecturer in the Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management programs at Johns Hopkins University or now in my role as chair of ICOM’s International Committee for Marketing and Public Relations. I am glad to also be able to occasionally share examples of my observations and innovative work that is relevant today to my colleagues.

    1. Deborah Ziska gives a terrific sense of the energy and community spirit that was generated by the Bearden city-wide festival. It grew as the days passed, and transformed many visitors’ understanding of the possibilities of cultural activities. Twenty-years later I still get comments from people who came to see that show and participate in other events, about how much they learned and enjoyed through their participation.

      1. It all started with you, Ruth. You had the whole enchilada, the wonderful Bearden family and Foundation, the lenders, the art historians, all raring and ready to go, and all I had to do was light the spark that spread like wildfire across our beloved nation’s capital city with its incomparable African American citizenry and legacy. Washington, DC, the city of Blues and Dreams.

  3. It all started with you, Ruth. You had the whole enchilada, the wonderful Bearden family and Foundation, the lenders, the art historians, all raring and ready to go, and all I had to do was light the spark that spread like wildfire across our beloved nation’s capital city with its incomparable African American citizenry and legacy. Washington, DC, the city of Blues and Dreams.

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