US Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Gay Marriage Law
In a landmark 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court has ruled that DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional. “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote. In celebration of this landmark ruling, we’ve collected some art works that explore the realities and anxieties around gay marriage.
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Smart Public Art
Arts organizations and community stakeholders create and commission public art with many good intentions with respect to its audiences. Historians and practitioners alike seem to agree that much could be gained from understanding what people are noticing, thinking about, and doing with public art. In the words of public art historian Harriet Senie, “since part of the raison d’être of public art is an expanded audience, it is essential that responsible criticism consider reception.”
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The 2013 Nonprofit Engagement Data Management Study
When it comes to tracking and using “engagement” data -- the actions, interactions, and conversations that relate to an organization’s work but don’t necessarily represent the transactional data that has been used for measuring an organization’s health-- today’s nonprofits are either tracking a lot, or hardly anything at all. And few organizations are applying that data to make decisions about their programs or measure their strategic outcomes.
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Meet the Met’s First-Ever Chief Digital Officer
What do you think of when you think of museums? Probably something like this: cool, dark hallways. Marble expanses. Antiquities and artifacts lovingly seated on velvet and firmly enveloped in noseprint-dotted glass. Asking this question led Thomas Campbell, the museum’s CEO, to establish for the first time a new leadership position at the Met: Chief Digital Officer, in charge of shaping the museum’s social, mobile and online future. And answering that question is what led Sree Sreenivasan, longtime Columbia School of Journalism fixture and Chief Digital Officer at the university, to decide to accept the job.
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Instagram Video and the Death of Fantasy
Last week, when Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, and Kevin Systrom, the chief executive of Instagram, introduced the new video-sharing feature, they described it as a way to capture the moments and experiences that you wanted to remember and share them with your friends. But while that shaky video that I took on the roof was definitely steeped in reality and definitely true to the moment, it wasn’t the version of the night that I wanted to remember or share with my Instagram friends.
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What Singing In A Choir Teaches Us About Teamwork
Feeling a bit off key? Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, shares how her choir revitalized itself and learned to sing like it always wanted to.
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How to Create a Disney-Like Addiction to Your Company
I have always said I would never be that person with a Disney stuffed animal sticking out of my bag on a flight home from Orlando. Never. No way. I am much too cool for that. After a recent speaking engagement at Disney and four days in the Florida parks with the Disney staff and their fans, I now understand the Disney obsession so many people around the world have. That addiction is fueled by Disney’s customer service and their employee “cast member” attitude.
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Artists Reinventing the Museum
Museums are transforming for the 21st century, and artists are critical partners and catalysts for that transformation. This was a resounding message of yesterday’s Google Art Talk occasioned by artist Sam Durant’s project “What #isamuseum?” for this year’s Getty Artists Program. In a conversation moderated by Toby Tannenbaum, the Getty Museum’s head of education, Sam and colleagues spoke about reinventing the museum from the “white cube” of 20th-century art to an ever more engaged and challenging space in which all participants, inside and outside the institution, play an active role.
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Framing the Story
Stories ignite our imagination, let us leap over cultural walls, and cross the barriers of time. Stories affirm who we are, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and others, real or imagined. Stories help us make meaning of our lives. In this hour, TED speakers explore the art of storytelling — and how good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.
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The Museum That Turned Its Lobby Into a Flea Market
These days, a museum can be a massive temple, tiny storefront, or computer hard drive. It is always, however, a repository for things selected by a curator. The recent Museum as Plinth: Take One / Leave One in the lobby of New York's Museum of Arts & Design (MAD), offered an interactive spin on curatorial convention, or what the organizers called an "experiment in self-serve curation"—and would have been familiar to anyone who has ever participated in a swap meet.
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Facebook Adds Hashtags
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Internet Relay Chat protocol, IRC, must really be blushing today. Facebook FB -1.43% announced this week in an attempt to make searching easier and more intuitive, and, one can only suppose, to inject the social network into a more spontaneous, real-time conversation mode, it is launching hashtags.
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Crowdfunding Finds a Creative Outlet
Stephen Glassman’s idea for an art installation was an ambitious one: Transform a billboard above one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles into a living bamboo forest, surrounded by a cloud of mist and augmented with air-quality monitors and Wi-Fi.
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5 Principles of Convergence
The word convergence has been picking up steam in the marketing world. It may even be the “big data” term of 2013. Yet, the word means different things to different people. At Razorfish, we use convergence to describe the coming together of three irresistible forces--media, technology, and creativity--to create experiences that enrich the consumer’s relationship with the brand.
Music that Lures
New research suggests that, contrary to common belief, ticket buyers are not particularly hostile toward contemporary compositions.
These are very tough times for America’s orchestras. Symphonies in some cities are facing bankruptcy, while others are contending with nasty labor disputes. Subscriptions—which once provided a reliable funding stream—are declining, with more and more concertgoers opting to buy single tickets.
The Future of Storytelling
Every five days, a billion tiny stories are generated by people around the world. Those messages aren’t just being lost in the ether, like the imaginary output of monkeys randomly attempting to produce the works of Shakespeare. Instead, the tweets are being archived by the Library of Congress as part of the organization’s mission to tell the story of America. The archive now includes 170 billion posts and counting.