Museum Director Doubles Attendance, Events, And Donations Within A Year – And Board Fires Her

Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres took over the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum from its founder last year and racked up success after success. Then she was sacked by the board, whose attorney says, “She was fired because she was a destructive, uncaring insensitive employee who has retaliated with false allegations against the longtime management of the […]

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Museum Of The Bible Says It Won’t Promote Any Specific Religion – Will Its Conservative Christian Funders Stick To That?

“Financial documents and interviews reveal a tangled relationship between the nonprofit museum; Hobby Lobby and its owners, the conservative-Christian Green family; and the National Christian Foundation, a donor-advised fund that supports key soldiers in the national battle for conservative Christian values. … The murky ties between the three entities have attracted the attention of museum […]

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Hindu Extremists Now Want To Wipe The Taj Mahal From India’s History (To This We’ve Come)

“In past months, religious nationalists in the Hindu-majority country have stepped up a campaign to push the four-century-old Mughal monument to the margins of Indian history. One legislator recently kicked up a national storm when he labelled the tomb ‘a blot’. Resentment at the fact the country’s most recognisable monument was built by a Muslim […]

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More Than A Third Of Museum Visitors Don’t Consider Museums ‘Culture’ – And Other Takeaways From The 2017 Culture Track Report

“For many respondents, going to the park or eating at a food truck counts as a cultural experience, while attending a museum does not. … Below, we spotlight seven findings from the study could have major consequences for how traditional cultural hubs like museums think about audience outreach, development strategies, and cultural participation in the […]

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Supreme Court To Decide If US Terrorism Victims Can Have Antiquities From Iran Seized As Compensation

The plaintiffs were injured in a 1997 attack by Hamas in Jerusalem and received a federal court ruling that the government of Iran, as a funder of Hamas, was liable for their injuries. In 2003, plaintiffs won a $71 million default judgment against Iran (which refused to participate in the case), and they tried to […]

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