Can Engaging with Art Turn a Bunch of Selfie-Takers into Citizens?
Changing Audiences Are Making Creators and Institutions Rethink Art Itself
If the essence of art is necessarily elusive and hard to define, so too is the essence of arts engagement. As audiences grow more diverse and demanding, and new digital technologies allow anyone to become a content creator with the click of a button, arts engagement now embraces a wide array of strategies, methods and goals.
On June 25 in downtown Los Angeles, more than 200 artists, producers, presenters, grant-makers, museum directors, curators, librarians, cultural administrators, government officials, members of philanthropic entities and journalists came together to consider “What Can the World Teach California About Arts Engagement?” The Zócalo Public Square conference attracted panelists and attendees from across California, the United States and other corners of the planet.Read More
Oculus forms centrepiece of Grimshaw’s Frost Science Museum in Miami
Frost Science Museum in Miami, Florida has opened to the public, a 23,000m² facility combining a science museum with an aquarium and planetarium
The complex of four new museum buildings, all contrasting in shape, together form a sculptural ensemble on a single campus in Miami’s Museum Park, close to Biscayne Bay and with views of the city skyline.
The campus is laid out in what the architect describes as an ’open-armed stance’, connected by an open-air atrium that threads between them, enabling visitors to walk among the buildings and underlining the museum’s science focus – open to the world around it, as well as visually linking it to both the city and nearby marine habitats.
Deal moves Longview arboretum project closer to reality
The under-construction Longview Arboretum and Nature Center could open within a year after a recent property deal moved up the timetable and brought a potential savings of about $1.5 million.
Directors for the charity backing the arboretum purchased a former day care facility on West Cotton Street that is targeted as the park's administrative and cultural center.
Rs 397cr OK’d for Science City Project
The state cabinet on Tuesday allotted Rs 397 crore for the ambitious Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Science City project.
The science city, which will come up near Moin-ul-Haq Stadium in Rajendra Nagar, is expected to be inaugurated in June 2019. The facility is intended to be completed in all respects, including testing and commissioning of all components, by early 2019.
Patkau Architects Elevates Metal-clad Audain Art Museum in Whistler, Canada
Patkau Architects has designed a private museum in Canada, which houses the personal art collection of home-builder and philanthropist Michael Audain. Located in Whistler, a resort town north of Vancouver, the 56,000 square foot institution traces a visual record of British Columbia from the late 18th century to the present day. The Audain Art Museum includes a globally recognized selection of old first nation masks, a collection of emily carr paintings, and works by significant post-war Canadian artists as well as internationally regarded contemporary creatives.
Joy Bailey-Bryant Addresses B’nai B’rith Real Estate
Joy Baily Bryant, Managing Director of the U.S. Office of Lord Cultural Resources, recently spoke on "Investing in Soft Power: Creating The National September 11 Memorial, The Museum of American Jewish Heritage and New York Values" at a B'nai B'rith Real Estate Unit luncheon at The Cornell Club.Read More
Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 arts plan unveiled
After nearly 18 months filled with meetings, sending out surveys and poring over data, a group of arts, philanthropic and business leaders has unveiled what they are calling Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 – a long-term plan for the role arts, culture and creativity can play in a strong future.Read More
Remembering pioneer Barry Lord, who invented the museum planning profession
Barry Lord, who died on March 9 at the age of 77, was a true pioneer of Canada’s cultural scene – and one of its most colourful rebels.
Early on in life, Lord perceived the need for a systematic approach to this country’s arts world. As explained in the announcement of his death from Lord Cultural Resources, the company he co-founded: “Museum planning as a profession didn’t exist, so he invented it.”Read More
Every plant tells a story
Assiniboine Park's new Diversity Gardens to be a collection of flora from around the world.
How do we celebrate diversity through biodiversity? That was the question at the heart of Canada’s Diversity Gardens, the centrepiece of Assiniboine Park’s $200-million redevelopment campaign. Consisting of three new exterior gardens, as well as an interior hub called The Leaf, the new site — which has an anticipated opening date of late 2019 — will replace the conservatory.Read More