MOPA Staff Blogs
In 2010, a number of organizations supporting libraries and archives sponsored the first Preservation Week; a week-long effort to bring attention to the many millions of cultural artifacts held in museums across the US that are in need of preservation or conservation care. This year, Preservation Week is being held April 22-28, and institutions throughout the country are highlighting their many efforts to take good care of their collections.
MOPA is proud to announce the winners of the Cut + Paste Photo Collage Contest. Almost 90 collages were entered into the contest, and more than 2200 votes were cast to decide our winners. The top three collage artists will receive gift packages that include MOPA gifts, photography books, and tickets to TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil.
Next month I will be traveling to Europe for the first time in ten years. While I frantically plan what I should wear for two weeks in Paris, I cannot let myself forget two vital items: a travel journal and a camera. For many years and for many countries I have always brought a small journal with me to records details of each day. I usually end up stuffing receipts of delicious meals, business cards and sometimes a pressed flower in the pages. Reading those journals can immediately transport me to a beach, and I suddenly feel as calm as I did when I was lying in the sand.
One of the most thrilling parts of being an educator at MOPA is having the chance to teach out of the museum galleries. In leading groups through the current exhibition, Eyes of a Nation, I’ve encountered dozens of teachable moments with visitors from 4th grade to retirement, and have had the chance to pore over the photographs with a new set of eyes each time.