Here’s a roundup of things that have caught my eye of the past few weeks:
#musesocial: What’s the point of social media for museums? Held on April 23, 2013, this is the roundup of a museum technology community chat in the States to discuss connecting their social media efforts to broader strategies and goals. The chat was hosted by @danamuses, @sluggernova with help from @erinblasco. Some great insights and anecdotes on social media usage for cultural instutitions.
Not unrelated to this, here’s some stats on digital engagement with museums this side of the pond, and check out Ideas for Museums, a project about the history of museum computerization, collecting interviews with museum professionals who were/are working on implementing digital technologies in everyday museum practice.
European arts funding: why don’t more UK cultural organisations apply? Yvette Vaughan Jones, Chief executive of @VisitingArts makes some really pertinent points on why we don’t go for more applications and challenges some of the preconceptions versus the reality of going for EU funding (partnering, R&D, applications, bureaucracy). Given the political chat regarding the future of EU membership over the past few weeks, I think this piece is a stark reminder of the important role that EU funding has played in the UK’s creative economy.
artsmart. Held in London from Monday 17th June until Friday 5th July 2013, this three week long summer festival of events and activities for students and graduates from UAL looks cool and has some good speakers. It invites you “to get smart and make it happen in the creative industries.” Follow on twitter.
Birmingham Made Me: held in June, run by Idea Birmingham, Birmingham’s two-week design expo is crammed full of content – names, brands, ideas and hot stuff that’s worth going to see – go explore!
Grants for the Arts changes: the Arts Council are making changes to the G4A programme. This is the roundup!
Trade in creative products reached new peak in 2011. The UNCTAD Global Database on the Creative Economy demonstrates the growth in creative goods and services between 2002-2011, this is despite a dip in 2008 as a result global economic downturn in 2008. Now it appears that the global creative economy is on the rise again year on year.
And as a bit of humour and maybe a few home truths ….
Artspeak. Filling the space between fact and fiction (!), this amusing piece in the Guardian rounds up some of the bizarre examples of art lingo … what to say and what to say. Some home truths for many of us working in the arts :).