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RE:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: December 05, 2006


From: Maureen (mmorris_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Dec 07 2006 - 09:20:48 PST

I have been reading this one with interest because I am currently involved
in a large project here in Salt Lake city. I am part of a team of people
that are designing and implementing that design for a Art, Science and
Culture center that will be fully interactive and integrated across each
area. The fact that the internet (information age) is radically changing the
way we exist economically, socially and intellectually in this world has not
fallen short of our awareness of such things. Without giving too much away
of what we intend to do, it is no small feat to stay ahead of the trends of
the digital universe. Certainly, we should never lose sight of the
importance of experiencing and seeing things in the physical world, and yet,
the digital world is shaping a lot of what is going on these days. Museums
in general are aware of this and they are in the process of shifting
philosophical and operating paradigms to keep up with the times. Much
research and publication is happening right now to set the standards, in
other words, museums will have to change their models to stay relevant. Many
are doing just that. Alongside the physical collections, museum goers are
able to continue their studies, be introduced to and contribute to in
meaningful ways to the musuem via the internet. Live long and prosper in the
Information age, the Knowledge age, the Creative age. (Cant say I know how
things are going to turn out but....) Happy Holidays! May all people share
in the abundance of the world.

Maureen Morris
Arts Ed Specialist
The Leonardo
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
(801) 531-9800

Subject: RE: Museums vs. internet
From: "Hillmer, Jan" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 07:38:15 -0500
X-Message-Number: 2

You all are wonderful. =20

The paper my daughter is writing is for a class on "Word and Image" and
yes, the paper is an exercise asking for her to think. I am sure that
the professor is not actually supporting the museum as something to be
left in the past. My daughter loves this kind of thought provoking
wrestling, as I do. The group's answers have been so interesting and so
supportive of one of the foundations upon which we work. Apparently
there may be some tough ideas out there in the world which we don't even
know we are fighting.

Woody, don't panic. She'll be using our ideas, comments and referrals
as a resource when faced with someone small enough to actually suggest
that museums are losing a viable place in our culture. =20

Thank you, thank you, thank you all!
Jan =20

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