museums http://michiganradio.org en National Museum of the Great Lakes opens spring 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/national-museum-great-lakes-opens-spring-2014 <p>Organizers are still raising money for what's expected to be an almost $13 million project and they're in the process of putting the final touches on all the exhibits at the museum.</p><p>Once the The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio opens you'll be able to learn about how booze was transported across the waterways from Canada into the United States during Prohibition.&nbsp; Along with lots of other cool things about the Great Lakes.</p><p>Here's what the museum says on its website:</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:05:26 +0000 Kyle Norris 15324 at http://michiganradio.org National Museum of the Great Lakes opens spring 2014 Livingston County is getting a pinball museum http://michiganradio.org/post/livingston-county-getting-pinball-museum <p>Clay Harrell has made s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">aving pinball machines from the scrap heap&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">his mission.</span></p><p>He has been collecting, repairing, and restoring pinball machines -- rescuing unwanted old machines and bringing them back to their former glory.</p><p>Now he&rsquo;s moving his formidable pinball collection into a vacant VFW Hall in Green Oak Township in Livingston County. There he plans to create a private museum of pinball machines.</p><p>Clay Harrell joined us today.</p><p></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:31:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 14648 at http://michiganradio.org Livingston County is getting a pinball museum This summer, 50 Michigan museums are free for active military families http://michiganradio.org/post/summer-50-michigan-museums-are-free-active-military-families <p>You can almost feel the parental summer panic start to kick in.&nbsp;</p><p>School is almost out.</p><p>And there are only so many times you can take the kids to the pool before you all go insane.</p><p>Those long, hot days can be especially tough for military families, who may only have one parent at home.</p><p>That's why 50 Michigan museums are opening their doors, free of charge, to active military personnel and their families this summer.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 04:06:45 +0000 Kate Wells 12801 at http://michiganradio.org This summer, 50 Michigan museums are free for active military families Michigan museum selling historic ship despite protests http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-museum-selling-historic-ship-despite-protests <p>PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard ship that participated in early tests of the atomic bomb has been sold by the Port Huron Museum.<br><br>The museum said it couldn't afford to keep the Bramble and had to sell it, despite protests by a Detroit-area man who tried to rally the public to the ship's defense.<br><br>Jon Ottman of Warren got the ship on the National Register of Historic Places, a designation that didn't prevent the Bramble from being sold Wednesday to a Marine City man for slightly less than $200,000. Ottman was worried that the 180-foot vessel would be modified.<br> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 19:07:30 +0000 The Associated Press 11062 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan museum selling historic ship despite protests World Trade Center artifact goes on display at Saginaw history museum http://michiganradio.org/post/world-trade-center-artifact-goes-display-saginaw-history-museum <p>A permanent exhibit commemorating the events of September 11, 2001 opens today at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, reports Emily Pfund at <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2012/09/castle_museum_opens_permanent.html">Mlive.com</a>.</p><blockquote><p>A piece of aluminum cladding about 5 feet long and 4 feet wide is the latest addition to the lobby of the museum, 700 Federal in downtown Saginaw.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:02:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9032 at http://michiganradio.org World Trade Center artifact goes on display at Saginaw history museum Prison-themed gift shop to open near the old Jackson State Prison http://michiganradio.org/post/prison-themed-gift-shop-open-near-old-jackson-state-prison <p>The city of Jackson is capitalizing on its long history as the site of a state prison.</p><p>In addition to guided prison tours, visitors can now buy prison-related items at the city&rsquo;s new prison gift shop.</p><p>When the Jackson State Prison closed in 2007, it was turned into a live-work space for artists known as the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/old-prison-breathes-new-life">Armory Arts Village</a>. One of the women who lives there, Judy Gail Krasnow, gives <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;ved=0CGYQFjAE&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.visitjacksonmi.com%2Fmore%2Fmichigans-first-state-prison-guided-tour&amp;ei=9vGFT9vZCs-UtweviMzsBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNGx2XHA87JpfjJVI-l4y2FEpfokOA">guided tours</a> of the historic prison.</p><p>She says lots of tourists asked about a gift shop, which didn&rsquo;t exist. So she created one in the <a href="http://www.art634.com/">Art 634 </a>building across from the old prison, and built it to look like an old prison cell. Krasnow says the Old Prison Gift Shop was &quot;modeled after the cells at the first prison, which had brick walls, and the doors were those thick, iron bars.&quot;</p><p>Krasnow plans to sell art made by current and former prisoners through the <a href="http://www.lsa.umich.edu/pcap">University of Michigan&#39;s Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)</a>. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:13:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7009 at http://michiganradio.org Prison-themed gift shop to open near the old Jackson State Prison MSU Broad Art Museum pushes back opening, touts "virtual" museum experience http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-broad-art-museum-pushes-back-opening-touts-virtual-museum-experience <p>The <a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/">Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum</a> at Michigan State University will not open April 21st as scheduled due to construction problems. Instead, the contemporary art museum will open sometime this fall.</p><p>But for those who just can&rsquo;t wait to see what the inside of the Zaha Hadid-designed museum looks like, the folks at the Broad have created a <a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/VBAM/index.php">&ldquo;virtual&rdquo; museum </a>that anyone from anywhere in the world can access:</p> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:20:30 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6772 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Broad Art Museum pushes back opening, touts "virtual" museum experience Museum records Arab American stories http://michiganradio.org/post/museum-records-arab-american-stories <p><a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">The Arab American National Museum</a> wants to become more than &ldquo;a building filled with stuff.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s recording the stories of everyday people as part of an on-going project.</p><p>The museum just released <a href="http://www.arabstereotypes.org/resources/storycorps">three interviews</a> it did in conjunction with Storycorps, about profiling and stereotyping after 9-11. The interviews are posted on the website <a href="http://www.arabstereotypes.org/">arabstereotypes.org</a>. But the museum regularly posts other recordings and podcasts on i-tunes &amp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/arabamericanmuseum">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Stiffler is a researcher at the museum.&nbsp; He says one way to counter Islamaphobia is when people who don&rsquo;t know Arab Americans or Muslim Americans listen to these recordings. &ldquo;Listening to stories and having these personal connections is the best way to overcome this sort of bias and bigotry that is rampant right now.&rdquo;</p><p>This summer the museum plans to record Arab American kids talking about how the Arab Spring has affected their lives and their ideas about democracy. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 18:38:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 6490 at http://michiganradio.org Museum records Arab American stories DIA considers regional tax to support museum http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-considers-regional-tax-support-museum <p>Metro Detroiters may be asked to pay a tax to help support the <a href="http://dia.org">Detroit Institute of Arts</a>.</p><p>The DIA is in talks with commissioners from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about a possible regional millage to help support the museum.</p><p>There&rsquo;s nothing definitive yet, but if a 0.2-mill tax went through, it would bring in around $22 million for the struggling museum. Oakland residents would pay $19 annually based on average home sales for 2009; Macomb residents would pay $14; Wayne residents $10.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitzoo.org/">Detroit Zoo</a> has received public support through a 0.1-mill tax since 2008.</p><p>Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of the DIA, says the&nbsp; museum is operating at &quot;bare-bone levels.&quot; She says if they can&rsquo;t secure more money, the museum will go into what she calls a &ldquo;controlled shutdown&rdquo;:</p><p>&quot;We will lose hours, we will probably lose most of our programming, we will certainly lose visitor amenities. Special exhibits like the very popular &quot;<a href="http://tickets.dia.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=33&amp;c=1&amp;pg=">Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus</a>&quot; - we would no longer be able to afford those.&quot; Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:04:45 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6092 at http://michiganradio.org DIA considers regional tax to support museum More than 60,000 flock to DIA's Rembrandt exhibit http://michiganradio.org/post/more-60000-flock-dias-rembrandt-exhibit <p>The current exhibition at the <a href="http://dia.org">Detroit Institute of Arts</a> is shaping up to be the museum&rsquo;s most popular exhibit in recent history.</p><p>Pam Marcil is director of public relations at the DIA. She says attendance at <a href="http://www.dia.org/calendar/exhibition.aspx?id=2306&amp;iid=">&quot;Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus</a>&quot; has been &quot;really overwhelming almost. We&rsquo;ve had about 60,000 people to date.&quot;</p><p>She says the &ldquo;exhibit has brought in 3,500 new and renewed memberships to the museum.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:39:41 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5861 at http://michiganradio.org More than 60,000 flock to DIA's Rembrandt exhibit U of M art museum receives $650K grant from Mellon Foundation http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-art-museum-receives-650k-grant-mellon-foundation <p>The <a href="http://www.umma.umich.edu/">University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)</a> is $650,000 richer, thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.</p><p><a href="http://www.umma.umich.edu/about-umma/director/2010/">Joseph Rosa</a>, director of UMMA, calls the grant a &quot;dream come true&quot; because it allows the museum to shift from an &quot;oh, if we could&quot; mentality to one of &quot;now we can.&quot;</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:44:31 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5167 at http://michiganradio.org U of M art museum receives $650K grant from Mellon Foundation MSU's Broad Art Museum to open April 21, 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/msus-broad-art-museum-open-april-21-2012 <p>The long-awaited <a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/">Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University</a> has officially set its opening date: April 21, 2012.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s still a lot of work that needs to be done;&nbsp; the Zaha Hadid-designed building is still under construction, exhibits still need to be planned, and positions need to be filled.</p><p>But Min Jung Kim, the museum&#39;s deputy director, is confident it will all be ready for the museum&rsquo;s grand opening. She says the whole process of creating a museum from scratch is exciting:</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 23:12:28 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5139 at http://michiganradio.org MSU's Broad Art Museum to open April 21, 2012 Artpod: A conversation with GRAM's new art director http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-conversation-grams-new-art-director <p><a href="http://austinartblogs.com/http:/austinartblogs.com/amoa-executive-director-dana-friis-hansen-resigns">Dana Friis-Hansen</a> will take the lead at the <a href="http://www.artmuseumgr.org/">Grand Rapids Art Museum</a> next month. On this week&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510078">Artpod</a>, we talk with Friis-Hansen about his museum philosophy, the state&#39;s art ecosystem, and what he means by &quot;negative space.&quot;</p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_061611.mp3</p><p><strong>Bump it up!</strong></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:56:39 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2928 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: A conversation with GRAM's new art director Some Michigan museums offer free admission to military families http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-museums-offer-free-admission-military-families <p>Active-duty military members and their families will get free admission to more than 1,000 museums in the United States this summer. It&rsquo;s part of the National Endowment for the Arts <a href="http://www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2011.php?st=MI#list">Blue Star Museums program</a>. 129 of those museums are in Michigan.</p><p>Bob Sadler is with the <a href="http://www.detroithistorical.org/">Detroit Historical Museum</a>. He says this is the second year the museum has participated in the program and they hope to continue:</p> Mon, 30 May 2011 17:48:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2680 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan museums offer free admission to military families