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It's Our Birthday!

A year ago – though it feels soooo much longer – Free The Museum went live, and your projects and ideas tumbled in. So, while we eat our virtual birthday cake, we thought we'd mine the project archives for some “Lessons Learned” that were contributed by you – the Free The Museum community! Enjoy your brilliance.

Lessons Learned

Queer botany project
Queer Botany:
“[T]here is clear interest in queer ecological thought and its real-world applications. There is also an interest in connecting with nature, through plants in particular.”
Story Huts:
“Listening to the community to understand the use of the existing space the intervention will be placed in. The intervention should enhance the experience of residents without disturbing the natural flow of the environment."
Women of Steel, Reimagined:
“One consideration that we're still grappling with is how to measure impact. We cannot count the number of visitors as we used to (by ticket sales).”*

(*For some rumination about different ways to assess the impact of these types of projects, see Free The Museum's forthcoming article in Exhibition journal.)
Middle Ground: Reconsidering Ourselves and Others:
“I would encourage any museum to try [placemaking projects]. It's complicated, but introducing placemaking practices … strengthens community ties, focuses our work on extremely diverse and non-traditional museum visitors, and demands a level of empathetic design that is bound to inspire your professional practice.”
Sidewalk Surprises: A Roadshow Project:
“They weren't precious or perfect but instead, gleefully variable and creative.”
Community Lost and Found:
“The pre-installation process was just as important as the exhibit's effect on the neighborhood. Having an excuse to bond with neighbors was really an important part of the project.”
Miss You Love You Wash Your Hands:
“Make more wheat paste than you think you need.”
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Updates and Upcoming Dates:
More Monuments 
In our July 20th newsletter, we highlighted the Monument Lab of Philadelphia and New Orleans’ Paper Monuments project that the Lab inspired. Now, on September 19th, Occidental College’s Oxy Arts launches the Monument Lab-inspired Encoding Futures: Speculative Monuments for L.A., featuring augmented reality virtual monuments across Los Angeles.

Keep your eyes out for our article about Free The Museum in the Fall issue of Exhibition journal, published by the American Alliance of Museum’s National Association for the Museum Exhibition (NAME). Written by your trusty Free The Museum Activators; coming September 21st.

November Conference
If you're attending the New England Museum Associations virtual conference, mark your calendar. On Monday, November 15, Free The Museum Activators Michael Burns and Betsy Loring are reprising the "Hack the World" session first introduced at the 2020 MidAtlantic Museum Association annual meeting.
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Your Free the Museum Activators, 

             Andrea, Betsy, Emma, Michael, Tim & Tricia 
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FREE THE MUSEUM is an initiative to activate the “museum experience” in the world around us, transforming everyday places into sites of engagement, reflection, healing, activism, and informal learning.

Free the Museum is a spin-off initiative of the 
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