Well friends, it’s that time again! Now that the conference season has passed it’s a good time to share the exciting things that happened at NEMA, ASTC, MCN, and any other member of the alphabet soup of museumy conferences. Come on by and find out what’s hot this year in museums.
We’ll also be sharing some of the preliminary results of a survey new DAM:BOS co-conspirator Susan Timberlake has started of the DAM:BOS community. We want to know what we can do to be a more useful, relevant, and joyful part of this commnuity. We’re interested in hearing from you about how we can improve Drinking About Museums, so bring your bright ideas along!
See you tomorrow night!
Susan & Ed
Drinking About Museums: Boston
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
The Hong Kong
1238 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02138
Google Map & Directions
Mmm, frosty… CC0 image by Engin_Akyurt
It’s been a long, warm summer, and though it’s hard to imagine, it’s already October, and practically Halloween! It’s past time for another Drinking About Museums and we intend to rectify that problem this Wednesday, October 25th! We’ll be gathering at our old standby, at the venerable Hong Kong Restaurant (http://www.hongkongharvard.com/) in Harvard Square, Cambridge. We’ll convene upstairs at 6:30 and go till we stop! Come on by and say hi!
We’re particularly interested to hear from people who have attended some of the newer experiences at area museums, like Waiting Rooms at the MOS, or The Enemy at MIT Museum. Ed just saw The Enemy and is dying to talk to people who’ve seen it.
See you Wednesday!
Susan and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts
Emily Graslie: Museums, the care and feeding of online communities, and making a name for yourself
Mark your calendars! In July we’re teaming up with our friends at Museumhive to host a Google Hangout with museum educator/video blogger Emily Graslie. Emily is Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum, and produces and stars in her own educational YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, listed on the New Media Rockstars top 100 Channels. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Museum Studies program.
Emily will share her experience of working in museums small and large, and the perils and promise of building a distinct personal brand online. There will be an extended opportunity for you to ask her about social media outreach, being a visible woman online, or what’s like speaking to 60,000 people at a March for Science.
If you’ve been thinking of attending a Museumhive, this is the chance — the last Museumhive of the series funded by IMLS. Bring some friends, and hope to see you there!
6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Emily Graslie, with Q&A from the hive
for tickets for the free event to give us a heads up on planning.
Not local to Boston? You can view the live stream on Wednesday at 7pm EDT, or view the archived version on Youtube later.
The New Media Consortium
) is in town for their Summer conference and we’re going to host a Drinking About Museums:NMC Edition! Come join us and hang out with special all-star guests like Liz Neely from the American Alliance of Museums, Douglas Hegley from Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Alex Freeman from the New Media Consortium, and a possible special guest star!
See you Wednesday!
Alli and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts
The May Drinking About Museums/Museums Show Off is fast approaching. There is still time sign up for a spot to speak, so if you’re thinking about conference session ideas for NEMA, or finishing up that interesting paper/thesis/dissertation and want to trot it our in front of an appreciative crowd, now is the time. Sign up here!
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, more details about Museums Show Off are here, and photos from our inaugural Show Off back in 2013 are here. We’d especially appreciate it if you invite your friends/colleagues/classmates. The more, the merrier, and it’s always good to come out and cheer on your fellow museum people for having the guts to get up and speak.
In addition to saying hello to new friends, we’ll be saying goodbye to some old ones. Jenn, Chris, and Alli have all conspired to seek new jobs and opportunities in other states and will be leaving us shortly. I, for one, will miss them sorely, not just for their co-conspiratorial prowess. Come by and wish them well and hear about their new adventures.
Jenn, Chris, Ed, and Alli – your DAM co-hosts
Last night was a fabulous time! The good folks at the Museum of Science pulled out all the stops to give 35 of their colleagues an in-depth look at the process behind making their next traveling exhibition: The Science Behind Pixar. Thanks to Emily Marsh, Mike Horvath, Alana Parkes, Katie Gilligan and the rest of the team for showing us what a really really really big and complicated show looks like from the inside.
Our next event will be Wednesday, December 9, 6 pm
Old North Church: Behind-the-scenes Tour
Arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Old North Church
7 pm – We will move next door to their social event space for drinks, snacks, and conversation.
We must limit participants to 40 people so please RSVP!
RSVP for Old North Church
It seems like just yesterday we last got together, but sometimes opportunities arise that can’t be missed. We have a guest in town who’s been making a grand pilgrimage of US museums. Come on out tomorrow night and meet Frith Williams, the Head of Writing at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She’s here on a 2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to explore digital and bilingual/bicultural storytelling in US museums. She’s been crisscrossing the country for the past few months, looking and talking, and she’s stopping off in Boston on her travels.
She’d love to meet colleagues and learn more about what’s going on in town. If you’re into interpretation, writing, exhibit development, and/or drinking, then come join us at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square tomorrow night starting at 6:30!
Last night’s joint DAM/NEMA advocacy event was a blast, despite the appalling traffic and gloomy weather. 35 folks descended (or ascended, I guess, since it’s on Beacon Hill) on the Nichols House Museum, courtesy of their Director, Victoria Glazomitsky and her staff, to have a private tour of the museum and a primer from Meg Winikates and Dan Yaeger of NEMA on how to advocate with your state representatives.
You should take a tour next time you’re on Beacon Hill. It’s a great way to understand what went on behind the shiny front doors of Beacon Hill in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In the kitchen at Nichols House, getting the skinny on talking to legislators.
We followed it up with a trip down the Hill to Harvard Gardens where the merriment continued late into the evening.
The Big News
As part of our continuous improvement process, the lean, agile DAM trio (Alli Rico, Jenn Schmitt, and Ed Rodley) did a reconnaissance trip to Redbones a couple of weeks ago. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience, especially if it means hanging out and eating barbecue! We combined our lists of places we want to go and folks who’ve asked us to host a DAM, and put together a tentative schedule for the next eight months! Phone calls will be going out soon, so if your museum is on the list, be on the lookout! Drinking About Museums is coming for you! We’ll add dates as we confirm venues.
Jan – Museums Showoff @ the Hong Kong
Feb – DAM @ the Hong Kong
Drinking About Museums got a great shout out in this WBUR piece this morning. Check it out!