Archive for May 2014
Chicago is a city with a big history and a lot to say. My international Fellowship has provided me with the opportunity of exploring the way the Chicago History Museum tells this story through its exhibitions, education and school and public programs. This takes in tours, talks, food, architecture, games and theatre and I’m sure there are lots of other ways this is done that I am about to learn about in the next little while. Not only am I lucky to be here I’m lucky with the weather – it’s not windy and it’s not cold, in fact it’s humid!
I have been on a walking tour of OLD TOWN and the name gives it away. The city is treated as an artifact with a story to tell. This is told very well because the tour is well researched and the story given life by our volunteer guide, Henry Wykowski . There are gorgeous buildings and quirky aspects to them, bears in wall niches, grand staircases leading to timber homes perched on brick bases, and stories linking them to the introduction of the sewerage system. Our guide knows his city and its stories so well we hung on his every word. Walking tours, tours with strollers, tours with dogs (called pup tours as opposed to pub tours), train tours, just about every kind of tour becomes a part of the public program and this and most of the other outdoor activities are programed for summer as winter here is incredibly bitter. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted 27 May 2014on:
Posted by Jo Evans, Communications Officer
On Wednesday, May 21, Creative Partnerships Australia organised a free forum with New York-based international arts, philanthropy and management expert, Ben Cameron, and I was fortunate enough to attend.
The forum was held at QAG|GOMA and was an opportunity to learn about how to manage grants and philanthropic donations in these cash-strapped times.
Ben has a pedigree when it comes to philanthropy, managing a special, one-time $50 million allocation, in addition to an annual $14 million grants program for theatre, contemporary dance and jazz at New York’s prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).
He specialises in arts funding, philanthropy and grants, although the DDCF also donates funds to medical research and environmental groups.
While Queensland is a long way from New York, there were many parallels between the work Ben does and the work we do in the museum and gallery sector. Read the rest of this entry »