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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 wealth inequality and social mobility. In this way, we hope to transform how we understand what is possible for ourselves and our city. ===== Who is working on this and why? ===== This site was started by Seattle artist [[|Matthew Offenbacher]] to explore questions of art, wealth and democracy. It is growing with the assistance of David Strand, a student at Seattle University. ===== Research Topics ===== === Seattle Art Museum === * [[SAM Trustees|Trustees]] * [[SAM Membership|Membership]] * [[SAM WaMu|Relationship with Washington Mutual]] * [[SAM Economics|Economics]] === Museum Governance === === Other Civic Institutions === * [[Seattle Public Library|Seattle Public Library]] * [[Seahawks|Seattle Seahawks]] * [[Woodland Park Zoo|Woodland Park Zoo]] * [[KXEP|KXEP Public Radio]] === Cooperatively run businesses in Seattle === * [[Group Health|Group Health]] * [[WSECU|Washington State Employees Credit Union]] * [[REI|REI]] === Utopian Socialism in Puget Sound History === * [[Port Townsend|Port Townsend]] === Institution critique === * History of Activism in Museums * [[AWC|Art Workers Coalition, NYC]] === Innovation in museums === * Case Studies - Brooklyn Museum === More about this project === * [[about|Intention]] * [[ads|Speculative graphics]] ~~NOTOC~~