Sparks in Action (Reaction 2)

This article written by Randy Kennedy is well welcomed in my book. The practicality of using mp3 podcasts in museums exhibits is a swell idea. This idea was founded from students attending Mary Mount Manhattan College illegally. This practiced was frown upon by the Modern Art Museum, but this caught fire with the public. The public was interested into these podcasts and brought many museum seekers to see the art themselves. Even though this was posted in 2006 many museums use this practice as means to generate more interest.

Larry Cebula’s article explains the idea of a cell phone tour. It’s another great idea that has yet to be fully implement by museums across the board. A fantastic way to implement these type of tours is include it on the museum’s home page titled cell phone tours. Naturally they should be used to generate more interest in the museum. Also it would be ideal to create useful apps that can give you updates on what is coming next to museums.

The American Alliance of Museum provides guidelines and standards for museums. This guide include many different departments of the museum such as archives, steps to create excellent exhibits and so on. One of the Standards I learned at the Museum of Arts and Culture is that saved images must be in tiff file format. This is provided by the Library of Congress. Also the files must obtain a certain level of quality pending on size. Example an oversized 11×14 picture must have close to 7,900 to 8,300 pixels per image.

Speaking of Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture I’m completely bias because I intern there. When looking at their face book page is well set up and easy to access. I searched their page for any bad reviews and could only find one bad review out of 50 or so. The Museum does an excellent job of keeping people happy. Also note that multiple moderators edit and create events on the Museum’s Face Book page instead of just one person.

The museum blogging page has a couple of great addition others Museums could construct. First addition being augmented reality. This could be huge especially because technology can is advancing at an incredible rate. In the YouTube video where the archeologist show how augment reality works in a porotype stage. Improvements appear needed, but a good start. The second addition being game based learning. That is, making a boring subject into a game with similar like environments. For example, trying to convince someone on why museum should keep exhibits.

In Mickey Mouse History pages 81-84 (approximate) stand out in particular. Mike Wallace describes that America was not always a capitalistic society. It became that way because of massive competition when small businesses skyrocketed before and after World War 1. The battle between other companies resulted to lower workers’ wages to keep prices low and to keep returning customers or visitors. Eventually this led to exploitation capitalistic society that we know today. Note that labor laws have been created and enforced, but not perfect. However, in contrast with companies, a monopoly could charge any price they want for a product, but because they live in a competitive society they must also keep prices low or retain high quality products. Otherwise, no one would purchase their goods or services. The Museum of Arts and Culture is a great example of this. The admission seems high at I believe $15, but it offers multiple exhibit entries to the once was Egypt exhibit, the art gallery, carriage house, and Campbell house tour. That’s a lot of exhibits.


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