This piano is so important in the city of Indianapolis, and this is one of my favorite blog posts by one of my students from our class last semester.
Here’s a link to a post on the MWTC’s blog about this great project. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this class develops and produces great information about and around this collection.
Today at the Indiana State House I was honored to receive a Concurrent Resolution from both the House of Representatives and Senate of the State of Indiana on behalf of my IUPUI student’s and their excellent work documenting the public art at the Indiana Statehouse. These two photos are by IMA Chief Photographer Tad Fruits. The sculpture we’re standing in front of is “Indiana.”
Next week one of the students will tell you about our big day at the State House over on the IMA’s Blog.
What does it all mean? I’m not sure yet, but clearly there’s all sorts of geeky mapping potential with Wikipedia data.
This week some students from my IUPUI Collections Care & Management and I went down to the Indiana Statehouse to exam and document their artworks as part of one of their class projects. With the help of Jennifer Hodge, Statehouse Tour Office Coordinator, we were able to meet a lot of interesting Senators and Representatives.
Many enthusiastically support our project, including Representative Tom Saunders (House District 54). Pictured with him from left to right (me, Stephanie Herrick, class teaching assistant Lori Phillips, Rep. Tom Saunders, Amanda Charles, Chelsea Libby, and Amy Patterson).
Now the fun part, and real work begins as the students research and learn all they can about their artworks before putting their information into Wikipedia, and uploading their images to Flickr.
Help Us Get the Word Out!
Tomorrow afternoon, students from my IUPUI Museum Studies Collections Care & Management Course will be joining our State elected officials when they assemble for Organizational Day at the Indiana State House and we kick off our final class project.
Our hope is to get significant media coverage; please share this press release.
The Indiana State House Project aims to care for the over 40 historically important artworks inside and around the Indiana State House through the acts of examination, documentation, and research. The results of this work will be published in Wikipedia and Flickr, two of the most visible web sites in the world.
This is the second year of subjecting my IUPUI Museum Studies students to my kitchen social science experiment. Since I’m not involved with them in anyway up until they arrive in my classroom, I like to spend some time to get to know their background and interests.
So, here is the data produced in a kind of digital, back-of-the-envelope kind of calculation.
Like last year, I assumed that the Indianapolis Museum of Art would be a top job destination for the students. Wrong again. They are asked to list their top three job locations and top three job desired.
While the majority of the students are from Indiana, they have attended school all around the state.