Tag: Museums

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Visit to the Wende Museum of the Cold War


Thursday was the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht episode of Nazi anti-Semitic terror, their final no-going-back moment only two years after Germany showing its best face to the world during the Berlin Olympics. It was also the 29th anniversary of the breaching of the Berlin Wall. November 9 is a big deal in history.


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One of the things I like about traveling around the country is exploring each state’s contributions to American culture. I visit the museums and national parks and only eat at local places. Ask me where my favorite lunch spot is and I’ll tell you it’s in a gas station in Kansas City. I’m working through […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Arts in 2017


Federal arts policy received not a whit of attention from either presidential campaign this year. I’m not surprised. Before I became a curator and museum director, I had a long career in political life. Over many years, I found most people who ran for office or had high-level political jobs singularly unfocused on the arts. Didn’t matter whether they were Republicans or Democrats. The nice surprise was the politico with a passion for art, dance, music, theater, film, or good writing. They do exist, and I enjoy hearing about their interests.

At one point I’ll write about why politics and the arts are a rarefied mix, but in this post I’ll suggest some new thinking the new order can bring specifically to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Some of these ideas can apply to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). I happen to know the NEA best.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Seven Things Your Visitor Services Repesentative Would Like You To Know

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The latest entry in Ricochet’s “What Your [Service Provider] Wants You to Know” series.

For most of the past eight years, I have worked and/or volunteered in visitor services at several high-profile museums and sites in Washington, DC. This type of gig can be exhausting and repetitive, especially during peak tourism season. But often it is a lot of fun, it’s great to hang around museums all the time (a personal priority), and to learn about the relevant history/artifacts/exhibit subject matter is endlessly fascinating.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. FLOTUS: Museums Not Welcoming to ‘Someone Who Looks Like Me’


Michelle-Obama-WhitneyNew York’s elite dedicated a $420 million building for the Whitney Museum on Monday. The event featured various luminaries and politicians, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, celebritect Renzo Piano, and Michelle Obama. [Editor’s note: Welcome, Rush listeners! if you’re reading this article, you ought to be a Ricochet member. Join up here today].

Instead of merely congratulating the museum staff and praising their mission, the First Lady decided to lecture them about diversity. One of her claims struck me as quite odd: