The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Workshop: Museum Education and the New Internet (Chicago, IL/US, 12 June 2009)

The Visitor's Virtual Voice:
Museum Education and the New Internet (Web 2.0)

A Workshop presented by the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Educators Committee (EdCom)

Friday, June 12, 2009
9:00 am-4:00 pm

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) will collaborate with the Committee on Education (EdCom)-Midwest Region to sponsor a workshop that explores museums' use of Web 2.0 to maximize educational opportunities and expand audiences. The day-long workshop, The Visitor's Virtual Voice: Museum Education and the New Internet, is scheduled for Friday, June 12 at the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn how the tools and practices of Web 2.0 and social networking (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more) are currently transforming education technology in museums with their emphasis on user-generated content. This workshop will feature a tour of new AIC Ryan Education Center & Modern Wing galleries (which open May 16, 2009). Registration fees include access to the entire Art Institute, which will remain open on Friday until 9 pm.

Fees for the workshop are $50 for AMM or EdCom members and $60 for non-members. The registration fee includes morning refreshments. A registration form is available at the AMM Web site at For more information, contact Brian Bray, AMM Executive Director, at 314-746-4557 or at For more information about the Art Institute, visit

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