|Honors to CAJM members|
Recently two CAJM member institutions were lauded for exceptional contributions to the museum field. New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust continues to reap awards for its new "Keeping History Center." AAM's Media and Technology Committee presented its Silver Muse Award for 2010 to the immersive Voices of Liberty audio installation; and the 365: AIGA Annual Design Competition selected the neighboring Timekeeper installation, which virtually explores Andy Goldworthy's Garden of Stone, as an example of outstanding information design. Rita Rosen Poley and colleagues at theTemple Judea Museum at Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania received honorable mention in the AAM's annual Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing competition. The Museum's concept label, "WHAT MAKES A SOUND, that is not music, JEWISH," from The Eugene and Marie Collection of Jewish Music: Summer Selections,was selected from a pool of nearly forty entrants by a distinguished four-member jury. It was displayed in the Marketplace of Ideas during the AAM Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
|Developing Our Skills
And speaking of labels: if you'd like to learn more about the craft of label-writing, and you are a CAJM member, why not log in to the CAJM website and visit the Member Resources pages, where you'll find a special section on the subject. This is only one of the many subjects covered in this section devoted to continuing education and useful guidelines.
|New Member in LA |
The most recent organization to join the ranks of CAJM member institutions is American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism) in Bel Air, California. AJU provides undergraduate, graduate and continuing educational opportunities, and the arts represent a significant component of the University's program, as suggested in its mission statement: "We acknowledge that Judaism is a flourishing civilization with a culture that is fundamental to modern Jewish identity. We strive to advance that culture by encouraging artistic endeavor in all of its many forms." The "forms" include exhibitions and education programs in the busy Platt and Borstein Galleries; the Sondra and Marvin Smalley Sculpture Garden (above), which features works from the last half of the 20th century onward and which provides an environment for students and visitors to reflect, study and engage with art and nature; and the multi-faceted performance schedule of the Dortort Program for the Arts.
|Museums and the Future
|Demographers project that America will be a "majority minority" country by 2050. Today, however, only one in 10 of museums' core visitors is a member of a racial or ethnic minority. This was one of the findings of a new demographic study completed by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago for AAM and its Center for the Future of Museums (CJM). Continue to read about the study and the work of the Center here.
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