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<wrap headline1> Welcome! </wrap> <wrap headline2> This is a community research site about museums, wealth and democracy. </wrap> <wrap headline3> If you're interested in what you find here, [[help|please help us]]. </wrap> ===== How are museums organized? ===== * Who visits museums and what do they hope to find? * Who runs museums and why? * Where does money come from to support a museum? * How are museums similar and how are they different from public libraries, sports teams, hospitals and other civic institutions? * How might museums function differently? ===== Can we design a better museum? ===== The research gathered here will be used to devise a proposal to transform the Seattle Art Museum. Each step along the way we hope to open up conversations about art, wealth and democracy. In this way, we hope to transform how we understand what is possible for ourselves and our city. ===== Who is working on this? ===== This site was started by Seattle artist [[|Matthew Offenbacher]] and is growing with the assistance of David Strand, a student at Seattle University. [[help|We hope you will help us too]]. ===== Current Research Topics ===== === Seattle Art Museum === * [[SAM History|History]] * [[SAM Board|Board of Trustees]] * [[SAM Membership|Membership]] * [[SAM Professional|Professional Staff]] * [[SAM Volunteers|Volunteers]] * [[SAM Management|Management Structure]] * [[SAM Finances|Financial Structure]] === Museum Challenges === * [[Museum Collections|Collections]] * [[Museum Fundraising|Fundraising]] * [[Museum Patronage|Patronage]] * [[Museum Access|Access]] === SAM and Washington Mutual === * [[sam-wamu|Relationship]] * [[Mortgage Crisis|Mortgage Crisis]] * [[SAM WaMu Building|The Building]] === Other Civic Institutions === * [[Seattle Public Library|Seattle Public Library]] * [[Seahawks|Seattle Seahawks]] * [[Woodland Park Zoo|Woodland Park Zoo]] * [[KXEP|KXEP Public Radio]] === Co-ops in Seattle === * [[General Principles|Co-op Principles]] * [[Group Health|Group Health]] * [[WSECU|Washington State Employees Credit Union]] * [[REI|REI]] === Utopian Socialism === * [[Port Townsend|Port Townsend]] === Wealth Inequality in Seattle === * [[Wealth Inequality Statistics|Statistics]] * [[$15 Minimum Wage|$15 Minimum Wage]] * [[Wealth Inequality Feel Good Stories|Feel Good Stories]] === Institution critique === * [[Museum Activism|Museum Activism]] === Case Studies === * [[Brooklyn Museum|Brooklyn Museum]] * [[Moderna Museet|Moderna Museet, Stockholm]] * [[Northwest African American Museum|Northwest African American Museum]] === About Seattle Art Mutual === * [[about|About]] * [[ads|Campaign ideas]] ~~NOTOC~~