[The Art of Relevance] E–book ✓ Nina Simon

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I really love the way that Nina Simon writes this book is such an easy and fun read which makes it fantastic because now everyone in museumland can read this and DO this I wish I so deeply agree with all of The Art of Relevance but it makes me so sad that so much of this is not happening in museums and I am too small a person to make it happen Oh if only I were a director Side note I really missed the academic Underpinnings In This Book in this book now it really was an easy read a lot of times I felt like Simon could have one a bit deeper into the material the theory especially to El Campus De La Universidad De Concepcin Su Desarrollo Urbanstico Y Arquitectnico give her arguments depth In the chapters on insidersoutsiders for example I really would have welcomed her views on Bourdieu who seems implicitly there in her writing in this bit In short I would have liked a bit references to see where Simon is coming from as well as be able to read in depth about certain themesBut all in all definitely a must read and must do for every museum professional A must read for any institution attempting to reach marginalized populations This isn t the kind of book I normally read and its utility to my own work and way of being is unclear But I picked it up and stuck with it after a recommendation by araphic design colleague I admire and trust The Everything Guide To Codependency Learn To Recognize And Change Codependent Behavior Everything greatly The key premise Nina Simon explores here is the importance of finding your mission purpose identifying your target communities audience then balancing your desire to evangelize about your uniue offerings with listening to the needs of your community around your mission It s an inevitable push and pull I havereat content or artifacts but I also must constantly look for new ways to Make What I Have what I have to indeed in service to you This is a book that invites stepping back from the day to day I have much to mull over although my work rarely affords me the opportunity to make the systemic choices that Simon s book nudges creatives to engage Still I enjoyed this different perspective from a person doing uite different work than I Museumnon profit peeps read this book It helped me to see relevance not as a thing to be chased and change but something that is always there you just need to A Fool For Love give the public a key to what is cool about your institution Read it Someood points some less Panther Crossing Mage Anthology 1 good points but big ups for being so readable Communities are people What do the London Science Museum California Shakespeare Theater and ShaNaNa have in common They are all fighting for relevance in an often indifferent world The Art of Relevance is youruide to The Art of Relevance

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Me references But really liked It and it has lots of valuable insights Museum professional Nina Simon is big on community engagement for museums She loves to talk about museums building rooms and building doors and iving community people keys to the magnificent doors to these magnificent roomsThe someone uses a key the it becomes a part of them The room changes them and they change the room So sayeth Ms SimonIf this sounds very hippie dippie then well that s because it is It s not nonsense mind you and this book does provide some potentially valuable discussion fodder for professionals
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cultural institutions m just not crazy about the presentation I suspect That Much Of What Ms much of what Ms says here isn t new but she has possibly devised a new way of saying it If adopting her vocabulary helps some cultural institution staff engage with the public then by all means those people should adopt it For me Ms Simon s message has a bit of religious fervor to it that I find a little uncomfortable She herself makes an analogy with religious evangelism in the book s final section At its heart building relevance is aboutradiating the inside out and inviting the outside in she writes adding that No one does this better than religious organizationsSimon fills her book with anecdotes of museums having successes with her philosophy The problem here is that she ives none of her examples any critical scrutiny Did all the museums in uestion really experience no difficulties or drawbacks in the community engagement programs that they adopted Did any feel that they could have done some things differently Did any feel that their new approach possibly shut out other potential audiences even as it attracted new ones If you have these uestions you won t find answers here We are instead left with the impression that all these programs were unualified successesI want to stress again that I am not dismissing Ms Simon s ideas I certainly don t disagree with her for example that cultural institutions should listen to the audience that they want to reach and can benefit from community collaborations I m just not convinced that this book is uite the sacred text that Ms Simon seems to think it is Rather I wonder if cultural institution professionals could perhaps use a little critical analysis and a little less of the pure truth and the wa. Useums or libraries parks or theaters churches or afterschool programs relevance can work for you Break through shallow connection Unlock meaning for yourself and others Find true relevance and shi. ,

Hey are not abstractions They are NOT RHETORIC THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGSNINA rhetoric They are human beingsNina has again written a smart anecdote filled not rhetoric They are human beingsNina Simon has again written a smart anecdote filled and I have to say relevant book for all professionals in the arts culture and heritage who want to invite people into their world be welcoming and change the world for the better The book is a pleasure to read Short and snappy its message is crystal clear and you can et through it in one proper sitI m aware the message of this book will not resonate with everybody A lot of professionals will disregard the message as just another attempt to turn culture into a tool for social change which they believe it s not Although Simon provides counter arguments to people who feel they and their institutions are already relevant enough regardless of their relevance to communities we would be helped by strong voices who repeat the message of the book over and over I hope Simon s Participatory Museum fame will help spread her ideas beyond the people like me already believing in themWhat I enjoyed most about the book are the many stories of individuals and institutions making a change by being relevant I would have loved to read international case studies but I take that as a call to actionReading the book I clearly see how much Simon has rown during her time at the Santa Cruz MAH and I am curious how much Simon has 50 Soruda Aydnlanma grown during her time at the Santa Cruz MAH and I am curious learn how far her star will continue to rise I absolutely devoured this book It is such a breath of fresh air Full of meaningful insights uirky witticisms and re I signed up for a webinar on relevance It didn t seem totally relevant to what I do aimed at museums and other arty institutions but all organizations providing programs and services have something in common so I signed up Nina Simon s TED talk was suggested as an introduction Having a little time on my hands it is the pandemic after all I watched the TED talkand I was hooked The webinar which was recorded but hasn t been posted yet just sunk the hook a little deeper and her book which is FREE online reeled me in Just what I needed during this very negative time Now if we could all justet back to work I liked this a Wagers Gone Awry good one for musuem workers Easy to read accessible with lots ofood stories and examples Do think it was a little bit surfacy and the whole keyroom analogy went a bit far Also thought it probably could have done with so. Attering to people You'll find inspiring examples rags to relevance case studies research based frameworks and practical advice on how your work can be vital to your community Whether you work in ,