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Museum Environments Museum Environments designs exhibits for museums and cultural institutions. We are award winning designers with 16 years of experience in the museum world.

The Construction wall graphic announcing the new Molina Family Latino Gallery. ME is responsible for its exhibit design.
09/25/2019

The Construction wall graphic announcing the new Molina Family Latino Gallery. ME is responsible for its exhibit design.

09/19/2019

Looking for Museum Professional versed in BlockChain for an AAM session proposal
I'm putting together a session for the Time Portals sessions, organized by the Elizabeth Merrit from Center for the Future of Museums. I wish to present the future of museums through the concept of the BlockChain Museum. I believe BlockChain or similar technologies will change the nature of institutions. In the near future, interest groups will organize via BlockChain contracts and produce exhibits and programs in the manner of museums minus the institution, because it will be radically re-organized in the BlockChain.

This will allow for under-represented communities to network and de-colonize wealth in favor of their communities. I could imagine a scene in 2040 where a network of Latinx cultural stakeholders (or other minority groups) have learned to channel resources to empower themselves without the need of institutional brand because the BlockChain's smart contracts secure trust through the transparency guaranteed by smart-contracts that specifiy transactional requirements, benchmarks and goals.

I’m looking for additional partners, please email to [email protected]. Naturally, If you have any experience with BlockChain it would be especially useful.
Regards Mariano Desmaras

09/19/2019

Looking for Museum Professional versed in BlockChain for an AAM Session proposal: I'm putting together a session for the Time Portals sessions, organized by the Elizabeth Merrit from Center for the Future of Museums. I wish to present the future of museums through the concept of the BlockChain Museum. I believe BlockChain or similar technologies will change the nature of institutions. In the near future, interest groups will organize via BlockChain contracts and produce exhibits and programs in the manner of museums minus the institution, because it will be radically re-organized in the BlockChain.

This will allow for under-represented communities to network and de-colonize wealth in favor of their communities. I could imagine a scene in 2040 where a network of Latinx cultural stakeholders (or other minority groups) have learned to channel resources to empower themselves without the need of institutional brand because the BlockChain's smart contracts secure trust through the transparency guaranteed by smart-contracts that specifiy transactional requirements, benchmarks and goals.

I’m looking for additional partners, please email to [email protected]. Naturally, If you have any experience with BlockChain it would be especially useful.
Regards Mariano Desmaras

Gay Pride in Battery Park
06/30/2019

Gay Pride in Battery Park

This is not Latino museum news but it is an important development.https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regen...
05/28/2019
Smithsonian Regents Name Lonnie Bunch 14th Smithsonian Secretary

This is not Latino museum news but it is an important development.
https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regents-name-lonnie-bunch-14th-smithsonian-secretary

The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announced today it elected Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum...

A big deal and awesome newshttps://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regents-name-lonnie-bunch-14th-smithsonian-s...
05/28/2019
Smithsonian Regents Name Lonnie Bunch 14th Smithsonian Secretary

A big deal and awesome news
https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/releases/smithsonian-regents-name-lonnie-bunch-14th-smithsonian-secretary

The Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announced today it elected Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16. Bunch is the founding director of the National Museum...

The ME booth at the Museum Association of New York conference in Cooperstown - connecting with the upstate museums.
04/16/2019

The ME booth at the Museum Association of New York conference in Cooperstown - connecting with the upstate museums.

Roberto Clements cap at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
04/10/2019

Roberto Clements cap at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

03/04/2019
Papyrus - SNL

Graphic design humor, completely identify with this character. From the font I could tell the movie Avatar would only deliver canned emotions and story lines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVhlJNJopOQ

Years after Avatar's release, there's one thing Steven (Ryan Gosling) just can't get over. #SNL #SNLPremiere #SNL43 Subscribe to SNL: https://goo.gl/tUsXwM G...

More press about one of our exhibit design projects. The Latinx community has naturally responded positively to this new...
12/12/2018
Smithsonian to Open Its First-Ever Gallery Devoted to Latinx Experiences, Receives $10M Donation

More press about one of our exhibit design projects. The Latinx community has naturally responded positively to this new gallery - all the more reason to feel proud to support this.
https://hyperallergic.com/475062/smithsonian-opens-its-first-ever-gallery-devoted-to-latinx-experiences/?utm_source=Breakfast+with+ARTnews&utm_campaign=cf13b935bf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_10_03_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5d7f10ceb-cf13b935bf-293907111&fbclid=IwAR3TehObTufzbk8pO-ZpDyvVn2YkEsVesQnGvkcS1f7dR8CFMzxnaZ4T0Os

"Latino history is American history, and we have a responsibility to reflect the stories and experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. today," said the Smithsonian Latino Center's director.

Museum Environments is proud to provide design services in such a valuable project. https://lbpost.com/life/arts-culture...
12/06/2018
Molina siblings' $10 million gift will give birth to Smithsonian's first permanent Latino gallery space • Long Beach Post

Museum Environments is proud to provide design services in such a valuable project.
https://lbpost.com/life/arts-culture/molina-siblings-10-million-gift-will-give-birth-to-smithsonians-first-permanent-latino-gallery-space/?fbclid=IwAR296MIK7K22S4YKCk_my5B4Tr5WyW1-XzXpFfGUPNCf4BR7Ey3xi0LFzKY

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Smithsonian Institution will announce the creation of its first, permanent gallery space dedicated to telling the story of Latinos in the U.S. The gallery is made possible by a lead gift of $10 million by five Molina siblings from Long Beach.

10/25/2018

Happy to be participating in the Museum Association of New York workshop. The name is my session is: Found in Translation, Museums as Part of the Immigrant Experience. I will be joined by
Jennifer Schantz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New-York Historical Society
Andrew Rebatta, Assistant Curator, Museum of Chinese in America
Hannah Davis, Upstate New York Regional Representative for Folk Arts, NYS Folklore Society
Patricia Lannes, Director and Founder, CALTA21.

I wish to share my article just published in Museum Magazine, "Navigating the Fence Space, How can museum better speak t...
09/12/2018
Museum September October 2018 Page 12

I wish to share my article just published in Museum Magazine, "Navigating the Fence Space, How can museum better speak to the immigrant experience"
https://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=522127&ver=html5&p=14

POINT OF VIEW Navigating the Fence Space How can museums better speak to the immigrant experience? By Mariano Desmarás El chuco y qué ? by Carlos Callejo, seen below, seems to ask. Th mural, in El Segundo Barrio in El Paso, Texas, depicts a landscape around a wood fence guarded by a modern cowboy ...

Interesting UK blog on museum sustainabilityhttp://happymuseumproject.org
06/13/2018
Museums and climate change - Happy Museum Project

Interesting UK blog on museum sustainability
http://happymuseumproject.org

Recent years have seen a surge in responses to climate change from museums across the world – a movement that found focus in a Symposium on Museums and Climate Change in Manchester in April 2018 – congratulations to Henry McGhie and the other organisers.. Happy Museum was delighted to present a ...

https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/02/27/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-to-present-the-senses-design-beyond-visi...
05/22/2018
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM TO PRESENT “THE SENSES: DESIGN BEYOND VISION” | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/02/27/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-to-present-the-senses-design-beyond-vision/

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” exhibition, on view April 13 through Oct. 28, which examines how multisensory design amplifies everyone’s ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs and experience joy and w...

On museum marketing when you only have 8 seconds. https://www.colleendilen.com/2018/05/16/goldfish-problem-getting-atten...
05/17/2018
The Goldfish Problem: How To Get Attention Of Potential Visitors - Colleen Dilenschneider

On museum marketing when you only have 8 seconds. https://www.colleendilen.com/2018/05/16/goldfish-problem-getting-attention-cultural-audiences/

How can visitor-serving organizations secure attention in today’s noisy world? Goldfish have a notoriously short attention span of only nine seconds. But according to a study by Microsoft, there’s a creature today with an even shorter attention span of onlyRead More ›

Happy to have presented in the past AAM conference in Phoenix. I joined Karleen Gardner of MIA, Annie Polland, and Marga...
05/15/2018

Happy to have presented in the past AAM conference in Phoenix. I joined Karleen Gardner of MIA, Annie Polland, and Margarita Sandino in the session "Creating Place and Space: Museums and the Immigration Experience"

I wish to invite to all those going to the AAM conference to the session: Creating Place and Space: Museums and the Immi...
05/04/2018

I wish to invite to all those going to the AAM conference to the session: Creating Place and Space: Museums and the Immigration Experience: Sunday, May 6 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Location: 127 ABC

During these challenging times, how are museums creating welcoming and engaging experiences exploring the historic and contemporary stories of immigrant communities? How can we use virtual and bricks and mortar spaces to help Americans connect to one another through their immigration narratives? What are some museums doing to address and encourage dialogue around issues of immigration through our collections, programs, exhibitions, and online platforms?

Image detail of the mural by Carlos Callejo in El Paso TX "Chuco y qué?" inspiration for my part of the talk.

The people of 3D Photoworks are behind this exhibit. I believe the interactive part completes the experience. My father ...
04/26/2018
Newseum - Serving the Blind Community

The people of 3D Photoworks are behind this exhibit. I believe the interactive part completes the experience. My father was blind and tactile pieces did not always works. I can see how added interpretation is enough to push it over the threshold barrier.

https://mailchi.mp/0f1b2df71353/newseum-serving-the-blind-community

The Newseum is the first museum in the United States to host a major tactile photo exhibit designed to serve sighted and blind visitors with equality. Titled The Marines and Tet, the exhibit features 20 large-format photographs from the 1968 Tet Offensive and 10 tactile versions of the photographs.....

Using social media to host ASL interpreters https://www.fastcompany.com/40561429/how-the-met-museum-is-becoming-more-inc...
04/25/2018
How the Met museum is becoming more inclusive with Facebook Live

Using social media to host ASL interpreters
https://www.fastcompany.com/40561429/how-the-met-museum-is-becoming-more-inclusive-with-facebook-live

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has come up with a clever way to make art more accessible to art lovers who happen to be deaf. Like many museums around the world, the Met has hosted tours with guides who offer commentary in American Sign Language since at least 2001, but as Hyperallergic points out,....

New exhibit coming soon at MOCA that ME designed. Sneak peak of installation in process.
04/18/2018

New exhibit coming soon at MOCA that ME designed. Sneak peak of installation in process.

Glad to have participated in the Museum Association of New York conference. Along with Jennifer Schantz of the New York ...
04/17/2018

Glad to have participated in the Museum Association of New York conference. Along with Jennifer Schantz of the New York Historical Society and Hannah Davis New York Folklore Society, we presented a session entitled "Found in Translation: The #Museum as part of the Immigrant Experience." The picture is of the ME booth. Museum Association of New York

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