What Happened in Museums this Week?

What Happened in Museums This Week? January 26 – February 1

Artifact Acquisition Guidelines Strengthened

Museum Leaders Toughen Artifact Acquisition Guidelines

The Association of Art Museum Directors has voted to strengthen rules requiring museums to publish pictures and information about antiquities they have acquired that might be subject to questions of looting. To read more, click here.

Broward World AIDS Museum

World AIDS Museum Trying to Get Started in Broward

From a sculpted red AIDS ribbon made out of a decade’s worth of one man’s empty HIV prescription medication bottles to exhibits chronicling the history of the disease and the lives lost to it, the proposed World AIDS Museum and Educational Center would be a somber attraction amid South Florida’s beach and nightlife scenes.

Organizers say the area is well-suited for the museum, given that Broward has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the country, has a large gay population and is a major tourist destination. To read more, click here.

Rebuilding Community

Newtown Expands Scope of Planned Children’s Museum

Months before she was killed in a gunman’s rampage, Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung wrote a letter expressing her excitement over an effort to bring a children’s museum to Newtown.

At the time, the proposal was fairly modest: a building of perhaps 20,000 square feet would provide art and science programs for area children.

Since last month’s massacre, the plan has become more ambitious, with museums around the country collecting donations and organizers looking to renovate a 52,000-square-foot building to host the new learning center. A capital campaign that was to begin in the spring will start right away, with hopes of raising $10 million instead of the original $4 million. To read more, click here.

Red Tape Delays

Rome Holocaust Museum Delayed by Red Tape

If all goes according to plan, a starkly modern, $30 million Holocaust museum will soon rise on the site of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s Rome residence.

The site, also the location of ancient Jewish catacombs and now a city park, will be home to a museum first proposed in 2005 but held up repeatedly by financial and bureaucratic problems. To read more, click here.

School Bus Strike

Silence in the Museum: School Bus Strike Means Fewer Field Trips on Staten Island

Since the school-bus strike began on Jan. 16, nearly 40 classes have had to cancel their trips to the museum.

In an effort to ensure students don’t miss out, the museum has reached out to some schools that had booked art workshops and is offering to bring educators and the programs right to the classrooms.

“It’s disappointing that there are so few updates with the strike; we don’t have any idea how long this may last,” said Addy Manipella, director of education.

In hopes of bringing the strike to an end, Mayor Michael Bloomberg arranged a meeting at Gracie Mansion Monday between the bus companies and union leaders. To read more, click here.

Unethical Actions

Employees Fired for Selling Metals from Midway Museum

A group of 14 employees have been fired from the Midway Museum in connection with the alleged sale and recycling of metals from the historic aircraft carrier, according to a museum spokesperson. 

According to a newsletter sent by the museum to its volunteers, 14 employees from the Midway’s engineering department were recently axed. To read more, click here.

What headlines caught your eye this week?

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