The Value of Museums

by Guest Blogger Jan McKay Exhibit Envoy Board Member As long as I have been in the field (more than 20 years now) there has been an issue with how communities value their museums.  Many museums have embraced the blockbuster exhibit model because these exhibits translate to high earned income and attendance.  These exhibits also … Continue reading

Hobos to Street People exhibit retires

A hugely successful and socially conscious traveling exhibit . . . Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present enjoyed much success and traveled from 2009 to 2012.  The exhibition featured mixed media art from both New Deal-era and contemporary artists, examining past and present attitudes and policies towards homelessness. … Continue reading

Creating the Safety Net

Did you know Exhibit Envoy offers exhibit tour management services? One of our latest projects is working with the Sisters of the Holy Family to travel an exhibit they developed that looks at the impact Catholic Sisters have had in California.  It is a fascinating history and a very real current mission for these Women … Continue reading

Alice Piper’s legacy

From the road… Elaine Elinson, Author & Curator Alice Piper, a 15-year-old Paiute Indian girl, knocked on the door of the recently built Big Pine Grammar and High School seeking to register for classes.  She and six of her Indian friends were refused admission – denied enrollment because they were Indian.   So they headed to the … Continue reading

Get Keyed Up About Mushrooms

From Guest Science Blogger Dr. Donald J. McGraw A new traveling exhibition – Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi “Keys” to the Fungi suggests a tool used by taxonomists to classify organisms, but the ‘keys’ here are much more exciting as they help to ‘key us in’ to this kingdom of such fascinating diversity, utility, … Continue reading

Collecting the Golden State in Song

Singing the Golden State, Traveling Exhibition An Interview with James Keller, curator James Keller, a published musicologist known in San Francisco as the program annotator for the San Francisco Symphony, has another passion: collecting popular and beautifully illustrated sheet music from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Exhibit Envoy had the honor of working with … Continue reading

Wherever there’s a fight – We will be there!

This famous scene from the screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1939 The Grapes of Wrath reminds audiences and readers almost 75 years later that it has always been the little guy who stands up to injustice. Borrowing from this famous line, authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, wrote a book about these struggles for civil liberties in … Continue reading