Friday, November 15, 2019

Don't Stop



Working in the museum world can sometimes feel overwhelming. Days filled with administrative trivia, visitor complaints, and endless "to-do" lists can, at times, wear even the most dedicated museum workers down.

Don't stop.

In solidarity with colleagues and citizens around the world -- where cultural history has been destroyed by accident, by neglect, by violence --

Don't stop.

Find one thing today, even a little thing, that will make your museum work better, and that will make you feel better about doing that work.

It could be a Social Media post about a fun new Education program.  A tweak to an exhibit to make it move from good to great.  Ordering a new entry mat to replace that worn-out old one by the front door. Sincerely complimenting a co-worker on a job well done. A phone call to reconnect with a community partner.

Don't stop.

All those little things add up --- for you, and your visitors.  There will always be things to rebuild, things to improve, but take time to look back at how far you have come, what you have built and accomplished, not just what is left undone.

Don't stop.

The world is better for your efforts.



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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Museum/Exhibit/Design Toolbox: Wilkening Consulting's Data Stories





Susie Wilkening provides outstanding museum audience research services through her company, Wilkening Consulting.

Susie also provides "Data Stories" in a free downloadable format on the Wilkening Consulting website -- a great resource for the field. (An example of a Data Story is at the top of this post.)

Data Stories are punchy infographics that tell stories based on Wilkening's research with museums and people who visit museums.  The Data Stories provide a great way to summarize important information on topics ranging from young adult museum-goers to empathy and curiosity in museums. The format is perfect to share with staff, donors, and community stakeholders.

The information is drawn from research with thousands of museum-goers from across the country, and did I mention they are provided for FREE?

So click on over to the Wilkening Consulting website to learn more, and while you are there find out how your museum can participate in the 2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers in collaboration with the American Alliance of Museums.



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