When people find out I work in a museum, they often ask what the neatest thing I saw or handled was. The artifact I always mention first is the dress uniform of Army Ranger Patrick Tillman.
Seeing birds isn’t difficult; glance outside and birds are everywhere. Yet, what you may not realize is that the birds you see are just a small percentage of the birds in your midst.
Say the word “physics” and I shudder. I barely made it through some of my high school science labs, and I have only an armchair scientist’s interest in natural history, biology, or ecology. While science shy, I’m also math phobic; one of the only ways I can be coaxed into setting aside these mental barriers is through art. Examples of interdisciplinary connections are endless and throughout my four plus years at the Woodson Art Museum, I’ve encountered a number of these art and science intersections.
I was impressed and happy to hear the news last week that the Woodson Art Museum was the recipient of the Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Award for Arts, Culture & Heritage. Not only is it a major feather in our cap to be honored as a premier tourist destination in the state, but it’s also a testament to the hard work and dedication by every member of the staff to make the Museum a destination for visitors from throughout the region and beyond.
We’ve heard it a hundred times, my daughter and I; “you look so much alike!” People will point at one face, then to the other, and back again as if waving a magic wand and conjuring a clone.
What a whirlwind week. After several days of keeping barely contained excitement corked behind a Cheshire cat grin, it’s a relief and pure joy to herald the good news.
The Woodson Art Museum is a finalist for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Yesterday, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, announced the thirty finalists – fifteen of which are museums and only seven of which are art museums – from throughout the United States.
More shared experiences, fewer material possessions – prognosticators say these trends are driving multigenerational travel and the way Millennials will prefer to spend their money and time. The upcoming Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic exhibition fits perfectly with the shared-experience, multigenerational travel trend.