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On the move in 2020!

Paul will be presenting and sponsoring at the Museum Association of New York's Albany NY Conference in March, presenting and sponsoring at the Association of Children's Museums St. Louis MO Conference in May and then off to present at ECSITE Conference in Slovenia in June.

 

Paul Orselli receives prestigious Fulbright Specialist award!

Paul is delighted to announce that his Fulbright Specialist award will bring him back to Bulgaria to work with the fine folks at Muzeiko in September 2019.

 

A Busy Conference Season!

POW! was a proud sponsor of the 2019 InterActivity Conference in Denver, as well as being a speaker at the New York City Museum Educator's Roundtable (NYCMER) Conference.

Coming up, POW! is also a proud sponsor of Museums & Race events at the American Alliance of Museums Conference in New Orleans and a presenter at the The European Network of Science Centres and Museums (ECSITE) Conference in Copenhagen.

 

Exhibit Workshops in China

At the beginning of November 2017, Paul Orselli will be presenting a series of exhibition design and development workshops for ICOM China at The Palace Museum in Beijing.

 

"In Harms Way" Exhibition

POW! created interactive exhibit components for the "In Harm's Way" exhibition opening in October 2017 at The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, NY.

 

ASTC Conference

Paul will be speaking at the Annual Conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) in San Jose, California from October 21-24, 2017.
Follow this link for more information about the Conference Program.

 

The Children’s Museum in West Hartford

A new exhibit at the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, which caters to preschool and elementary school-aged children, has created an interactive exhibit ‘Dinosaurs in Your Backyard: A Portal to Past Worlds,’ premiered on Feb. 18, 2017. The dinosaur exhibit that opened to the public isn’t filled with reconstructed dinosaur skeletons to be seen and not touched.“The scenes are reflective, to the best of our knowledge, of what Connecticut, even West Hartford, might have been like millions of years ago,” said Paul Orselli, who designed the exhibit for The Children’s Museum.

 

Busy 2016 Conference Season!

Paul Orselli, principal of POW! is delighted to be an invited speaker at the 2016 conferences of the Association of Children's Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.  Paul will also be a discussant for the symposium celebrating  the 25th anniversary of the MFA program in Museum Exhibition Planning + Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

 

DoSeum opens in San Antonio

One of the largest new Children’s Museum projects in the United States, DoSeum, has opened to great acclaim in San Antonio, Texas. POW! was happy to provide consulting, training, and staff development expertise to the project.
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Muzeiko museum project opens in Sofia Bulgaria!

After many enjoyable years of being part of the primary project team for Muzeiko, POW! is delighted to announce that Bulgaria’s first Children’s Museum opened to the public on October 1st, 2015.  Here is a Google Maps walkthrough of the entire Muzeiko building and exhibits:
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More Museum News and Views

Check out more of what’s going on in the museum biz, as well as exhibit tips and tricks of the trade on the ExhibiTricks blog:
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ExhibiTricks blog

  • Let's turn "Work From Home" time into new Museum FAQ Videos!


    Now that COVID-19 has turned almost every museum worker into a telecommuter, I have an idea for something that could build a resource for colleagues around the world.

    Let's use our "work from home" time into creating a set of Museum FAQ videos to share with each other.

    A little background -- last year I started a short-video series called Museum FAQ to provide answers to frequently asked questions I often received from clients, peers, and Emerging Museum Professionals (EMPs).

    Here's an example Museum FAQ video you can view on YouTube.

    Now that so many of us are working from home wouldn't it be great to create a "reference library" of free videos on museum/exhibit/design questions like, "What makes a great museum label?" or "How can I shift static content into interactive exhibit activities?" or "What's a simple unguided Maker Space activity?"  You get the idea.

    I'm happy to set up times to plan and record simple Zoom conversations between myself and museum colleagues to create new Museum FAQ videos to share freely on YouTube.

    If that sounds like something you'd like to be part of, please email me at info@orselli.net so we can get started!



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  • Your Museum Moment of Zen #MuseumMomentofZen




    Perhaps in this time of uncertainty and pandemic, what we need is a Museum Moment of Zen or #MuseumMomentofZen (like the image at the top of this post via the Denver Botanic Gardens.)


    via The Broad Museum

    Now on Twitter and Instagram you can search for #MuseumMomentofZen and find images that various museums from around the world have contributed.

    via The Cleveland Museum of Art

    So, take a deep breath and enjoy a moment (or several moments) of Museum Zen.


    via The Whitney Museum of American Art


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  • Beverly Serrell's Big Idea eBook



    I recently had the opportunity to chat with Beverly Serrell about the release of her new "Big Idea" eBook. You can find the video of our conversation on YouTube or embedded below. In the 20-minute video, Beverly discusses at length her reasons for making the eBook, the process, and many challenges of working in the digital realm.

    The eBook is about the “Big Idea,” a tool for exhibit developers, whether you've been in the museum exhibition business for a long time or you are part of the new generation. With a good big idea, the development of an exhibition will go more smoothly from the start.

    Beverly worked with Paul Rodriguez to create an eBook packed with 37 pages of colorful dynamic content, offering rationales, definitions, and examples, plus exercises and discussions. (And lemurs!)

    You can order your own copy of the Big Idea eBook here, or enter our FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! 

    Here's how to enter to win one of two free copies of Beverly's new eBook --  either click the "Sign up for Free ExhibiTricks Blog Updates" link on the upper right side of the blog OR send an email with "I want to win a copy of the Big Idea eBook!" in the subject line before March 20, 2020.  We will randomly select one new ExhibiTricks subscriber and one emailer to each receive a Big Idea eBook as their prize.  Good luck!




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  • Creative Juxtaposition: Nick Cave AND Nick Cave



    Today's post is about two masterfully creative people, each named Nick Cave (pictured above.)

    Nick Cave is an artist who is known for using sound in his work, most notably in his multifaceted pieces called "Soundsuits."

    Nick Cave is a musician who brings an artistic sensibility to his deeply strange and personal musical compositions.

    Here is a YouTube video of Nick Cave speaking about the artistic choices he made while creating a particular Soundsuit, now on display at The Smithsonian.  Nick Cave's work rewards careful observation.





    Here is a YouTube video of one of Nick Cave's songs called "Girl in Amber." (You can read more about the background of the song on another Nick Cave website called "The Red Hand Files.")





    After exploring each Nick Cave's work, I'm struck by some commonalities:

    • The work of each Nick Cave is informed by their own personal experiences, shared in ways that resonate and connect them to their viewers/listeners.

    • Nick Cave's work pays strict attention to seemingly small details, that really do add up to create a greater whole.

    • Each artist creates a visual and sonic environment that defies easy categorization.  In fact, each Nick Cave is his own category.


    And wouldn't we all like to bring these elements into our own creative work?



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  • Revisiting Hayao Miyazaki's Museum Manifesto





    I am traveling through Belgium with my family this week, so here is a post that makes me think of a place I have yet to travel to -- the Ghibli Museum in Japan!  But really this "encore" post is a chance to revisit Hayao Miyazaki and his "Museum Manifesto."  Enjoy!

    Hayao Miyazaki is a film artist who has created some amazing animated films for Studio Ghibli in Japan.  (Some of my favorites include "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro".) He also has created one of my all-time favorite museum manifestos, which I think is worth revisiting from time to time.

    To capture some of the spirit and history of the films and the film studio, there is a Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan.  I've haven't had the pleasure of visiting the Ghibli Museum in person (yet!) but as I was perusing the Ghibli Museum website, I noticed a link to "A Few Words from Executive Director Hayao Miyazaki" on the home page.

    The Link leads to a mini-manifesto from Director Miyazaki entitled, "This is the Kind of Museum I Want to Make!"

    I think it is wonderful (and gutsy!) for the director of any museum to share the guiding principles behind the creation of their museum in such an up-front way, but I also thought some of the Director Miyazaki's thoughts were worth sharing here:

    This is the Kind of Museum I Want to Make!
    A museum that is interesting and which relaxes the soul
    A museum where much can be discovered
    A museum based on a clear and consistent philosophy
    A museum where those seeking enjoyment can enjoy, those seeking to ponder can ponder, and those seeking to feel can feel
    A museum that makes you feel more enriched when you leave than when you entered!

    To make such a museum, the building must be...
    Put together as if it were a film
    Not arrogant, magnificent, flamboyant, or suffocating
    Quality space where people can feel at home, especially when it's not crowded
    A building that has a warm feel and touch
    A building where the breeze and sunlight can freely flow through

    The museum must be run in such a way so that...
    Small children are treated as if they were grown-ups
    The handicapped are accommodated as much as possible
    The staff can be confident and proud of their work
    Visitors are not controlled with predetermined courses and fixed directions
    It is suffused with ideas and new challenges so that the exhibits do not get dusty or old, and that investments are made to realize that goal

    The museum shop will be...
    Well-prepared and well-presented for the sake of the visitors and running the museum
    Not a bargain shop that attaches importance only to the amount of sales
    A shop that continues to strive to be a better shop
    Where original items made only for the museum are found

    This is what I expect the museum to be, and therefore I will find a way to do it


    This is the kind of museum I don't want to make!
    A pretentious museum
    An arrogant museum
    A museum that treats its contents as if they were more important than people
    A museum that displays uninteresting works as if they were significant



    What do you think of Hayao Miyazaki's ideas about museums? (Let us know in the "Comments" section below.)

    Personally, his words make me want to visit the Ghibli Museum even more now!

    And Director Miyazaki's mini-manifesto also begs a question: What sort of message to visitors does your Executive Director post on your Museum's website?



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