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Arts & Exhibitions Town Hall

Join the Arts & Exhibitions Community for their Annual Meeting and a Town Hall to discuss current tips, tricks, and problems we all see in the world of Arts & Exhibitions.

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8/12/21
Lunch and Learn! Artists Activate Part II

Karen Daubmann, Associate Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Engagement at the New York Botanical Garden, illuminates participatory art programs associated with exhibitions that develop conservation attitudes and activism among visitors.

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1/8/21
Lunch and Learn! Artists Activate: Environmental Connection, Conservation, & Community

This session highlights the unique roles artists and art play in creatively inspiring, engaging, and empowering the public to care about nature, and take action to address today's critical ecological issues. Elayna Toby Singer shares strategies from...

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12/2/20
Arts & Exhibitions Town Hall: Challenges and Opportunities of Exhibits During COVID-19

This Town Hall covers the challenges and opportunities of exhibits in a COVID-19 world. Guest speaker is Dr. V. Ann Tippett, Executive Director of the Schiele Natural History Museum in Gastonia, NC. The Schiele mirrors much of the diversity of our...

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6/12/20
Morton Arboretum Discover Conifers Exhibit

This conifer exhibit created by Morton Arboretum is now available for download! These are great digital displays/panels that educate the public about the ecological and social importance of conifers. 

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1/23/20
An Introduction to Engaging Diverse Audiences

Based on local and national best practices for equity and inclusion work—and some promising applications in the local arts community—RACC has developed six building blocks to help organizations foster equitable access to the arts by increasing the...

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10/16/19
The Art of Displaying Art in the Landscape: A Survey of Diverse Approaches

Art sparks new dialogues and can simultaneously represent the past, present, and future, fostering connections and understanding across cultures. Gardens, parks, and public spaces continue to expand on traditional notions of art access and display,...

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7/9/19
Art in the Garden – More than Just Icing on the Cake

Studies show that only a small percentage of visitors who come to public gardens do so because of the specific plant collections. Most visitors come for educational programing, spiritual rejuvenation and quiet spaces, or even exercise. Art can be a...

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6/28/19
Smithsonian Gardens Exhibition Series 2019-2020: Interpretive Master Plan

Smithsonian Gardens launched their interpretive master plan, recurring exhibition series and, in particular, their inaugural exhibition, Habitat (2019–2020). These initiatives are collaborative efforts involving the entire Smithsonian Gardens staff. By...

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9/13/18
So You Want to Do an Art Exhibition? The Nuts and Bolts to Create Art Exhibits at Your Garden

Events are becoming increasingly important fundraisers and friendraisers for gardens of all sizes. This session will cover the nuts and bolts of creating a new event from the perspectives of three very different gardens—a large garden with a history of...

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6/25/18
Making Bigger Pictures: Connecting Collections with Contemporary Culture

As cultural attitudes and mindsets shift ever more rapidly, how do botanical gardens stay relevant? Our collections, from living plants to herbarium specimens, represent an intrinsic part of botanical garden DNA. However, these collections are not...

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6/21/18
Creative Ideas for Shows and Exhibits: Incorporating Interpretive Themes into Display Design

Orchid, holiday, and other types of big shows and festivals are becoming increasingly popular ways to draw in visitors to public gardens. Pairing displays with interpretive messages under a theme allows us to tell a cohesive story with strongly...

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6/20/18
Changing the Landscape of Annual Exhibitions to Meet Expectations

How do gardens creatively bring new life to their annual exhibitions? Each year gardens across the country feature annual experiences that have become a staple for their organization. These exhibitions might manifest themselves as an annual orchid show...

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6/19/18
Artworks & Decorative Features in Garden Settings: Strategies for Sustainable Long-Term Care

This presentation from the 2018 annual conference covers common materials and objects found in public gardens as well as means of deterioration and damage and some suggestions for remediation. The speaker focuses on artworks and decorative elements and...

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6/15/18
Evaluating Arts Grant Portfolios

The National Endowment for the Arts continued its webinar series on evaluating arts programs with a discussion on how state arts agencies and regional arts organizations are using evaluation to assess their grant portfolios.

Laura Scanlan, NEA...

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2/2/18
Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences

This guidebook was developed out of strong evidence that audience research can strengthen audience-building initiatives by helping institutions understand how to build meaningful connections with different groups. Based on work with a diverse set of...

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11/7/17
Integrated Science and Art Education for Creative Climate change Communication

An interdisciplinary field trip to a remote marine lab joined graduate students from fine arts and natural resource science departments to think creatively about the topic of climate change and science communication. We followed a learning cycle...

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10/23/17
Taking Up Residence: The Multifaceted Benefits of Artist Residency Programs in Gardens

Artist in Residence programs have been popular in the art world for some time, but few gardens take advantage of this opportunity. Residency programs can provide institutions with new ways of looking at their living and non-living collections, develop...

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7/9/17
The Ecological Atlas Project: Building Ecological Literacy through Art, Science & Technology

This presentation will show the profound role that art, science, and technology play in building ecological literacy and resilience. Presented by award-winning landscape architect and educator, Roberto Rovira...

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9/24/16
Ramped Up Rapid Fire!

Join your garden colleagues of small, university, and large gardens as they share their creative success stories in a lively and focused “rapid fire” session. Each presenter must tell his/her story in six...

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9/24/16

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