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Social Relevance: Environmental Sustainability in Museums course begins Aug 5 on MuseumStudy.com

July 16th 2019

Any museum can contribute to improving conditions in its own neighborhood, city, country and the world. Together these efforts build capacity for continued change, and they build greater positive impact. The public discussion of the environment and climate change is an important opportunity for museums to connect more deeply with their communities. It is also an opportunity to protect and strengthen their institutions. Join Instructor Sarah Sutton author of Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and ...Continue Reading

Re: Laser pointer guidelines?

July 16th 2019

Thank you for sharing these guidelines! We have often had requests from our docents to use laser pointers, but we currently do not allow them. This decision was made for both safety and conservation/collection protection reasons. If we allow docents to use them in the future, we would want to specify which models are acceptable (as in these guidelines), but we had concerns about a) monitoring that, and b) making sure everyone had equal access to laser pointers if they wanted them (they can be quite expensive). If ...Continue Reading

RE: Laser pointer guidelines?

July 16th 2019

Hello Jenn.  David makes some good points.  We have tried using laser pointer with our docents as well.  We quickly learned that: Laser pointers should be used for objects or features that are well distant from a group and in the opposite direction.  If the desired feature is within actual reach of the docent it should not be used.  Best rule of thumb is to use as little as possible and only if absolutely necessary.  However there are still caveats. Be mindful of pointing at ...Continue Reading

Re: Laser pointer guidelines?

July 16th 2019

Laser pointer safety from the Laser Institute of America: https://www.lia.org/resources/laser-safety-information/laser-pointer-safetyI would strongly suggest getting the docents to be much more aware of where the laser is going. If they can't be sure of where the laser is going or if their aim is off, then don't use a laser and use some other method of identifying structural or architectural landmarks at a distance (signs, colors, shapes, distances, anything but pointing lasers at other people).Good luck!MichelleO ...Continue Reading

RE: Laser pointer guidelines?

July 16th 2019

Jenn, The following guidelines/policy is what I came up with: *Laser Pointers*Laser pointers provide docents the ability to direct a group’s attention to a specific section on an artifact/specimen. For usage within the museum, red laser pointers that are rated no more than a Class IIIA (1-5mW), which emits light at a 670 nanometer range, is to be used. Laser light is highly directional.  If shined directly on the retina of the human eye for an extended period of time, permanent damage is possib ...Continue Reading

Laser pointer guidelines?

July 16th 2019

Hi everyone! Our Docents regularly use laser pointers for their tours. As we have a large space, many Docents use the pointer to point to something at the other end of the nave. Some are not always good at their aim and wave and point directly at people at the other side of the nave. This has raised some concern about laser safety, especially eye safety.  Does anyone have guidelines for laser pointer use to share? Thanks!   Jenn------------------------------Jennifer Michaelree SquireDepu ...Continue Reading

👉 This Museum Quietly Sold Its Art & Used Restricted Money | Little Trained Caretaker “Restored” & Damaged 200 Van Gogh Paintings | Only Known Recording Of Frida Kahlo’s Voice

July 13th 2019

Welcome back to GLOBAL MUSEUM, your award-winning & free online compendium, read weekly since 1998 by 8,000+ readers in more than 201 countries.http://www.globalmuseum.org**  Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has quietly sold its art and used restricted money to pay debtsThe museum has quietly sold off “a substantial portion” of its permanent collection and spent restricted endowment money — without first seeking permission from donors — to pay off some of its debt, financial audits show.**  Women are ...Continue Reading

Gallery stools with backs?

July 13th 2019

Hello everyone,   Like a lot of museums, we use the Stockholm II gallery stool. It’s great in so many ways. However, we offer a program for people with chronic pain, and we’ve received a few requests that we provide gallery stools with backs. Does anyone have any recommendations for a small folding chair – like the Stockholm II – that has a back, or do any of your museums use gallery stools with backs? Thank you for any tips you might have! Erin   * * *Erin Dorn, M.A.* Adult Education and Art Access Co ...Continue Reading

Re: ASL for Public Programs

July 13th 2019

Hi Amy, We offer ASL interpretation for all of our programs, upon request. We select approximately 20 auditorium programs a year for CART transcription which we have found many people prefer to ASL interpretation and it benefits the broader public. And we have monthly ASL tour. We currently have a 3-year grant to enhance programming for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing and would be happy to share more. Anne *From:* [email protected] <[email protected]> on behalf of Amy Briggs Kemeza [email protected] ...Continue Reading

ASL for Public Programs

July 12th 2019

Dear Colleagues- Good afternoon! I am writing from the Education and Performing Arts departments at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston. As part of interdepartmental efforts at expanding our accessibility efforts, my colleague and I are exploring the possibility of offering ASL interpretation for some of our public programs in our theater and galleries. Does your museum currently offer ASL interpretation for any of its public programs? If yes, for what types of programs do you offer ASL interpretation? How do ...Continue Reading
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