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Have you signed up for the BPOC email list? We have started sending monthly updates about our people and projects.

See the update for October and sign-up for our list if you're interested. 

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Our leader Vivian Kung Haga was featured in this UT San Diego article about BPOC's transition to become an independent nonprofit organization. Arts writer Jim Chute has been following BPOC's progress over the past couple of years. 

We also worked with Balboa Park Central on this CNN Travel video. Shown in airports across the country, the video shows highlights of a day in Balboa Park.

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Well they aren’t that new… back in late June two recent UC San Diego Visual Arts graduates Kristen Hastings and Andrew Mandinach joined BPOC’s video production team. They have been bringing their awesome camera and post-production skills to the table all summer long. Drew made a fun promotional video for the The San Diego Museum of Art Summer Salon Series and jumped into learning how to edit video with AVID. They alternated all summer long shooting video documentation of the Summer Salon Series, chasing drones, musicians, dancers and artists with our cameras all over the galleries of the museum every Friday night all summer long.  They are now almost done piecing together this extensive documentation to share highlights from the summer. Also, Kristen has been shooting many of The Museum’s ArtStops, these short 15 minute talks happen every Thursday at 12 noon and the 3rd Tuesday of the month (when admission is free!).


To see documentation of these and other events visit The Museum’s YouTube channel or iTunes U and you will get to see their great work and learn about not only theMuseum’s collections and exhibitions but also see some exciting contemporary art.

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Maren Dougherty, Balboa Park Online Collaborative
Email: | Phone: (619) 819-9200

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 24, 2012) – After more than three years as a pilot project of the Legler Benbough Foundation, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) will become an independent nonprofit organization. BPOC is becoming a national model for independent, technology-focused collaboration among art, science, and cultural institutions.

Vivian Kung Haga, formerly Deputy Director, has been named BPOC’s Director and CEO. She succeeds Rich Cherry, who served as Director during its start-up period from 2009-2012.

“Vivian brings to the organization a breadth of experience in cultural institutions as an administrator, curator, and educator,” said Peter Ellsworth, President of the Legler Benbough Foundation. “Her experience in bringing diverse partners from universities, industry, and cultural institutions together to create innovative technology collaborations aligns with the mission and goals of BPOC.”

In 2008, the Legler Benbough Foundation initiated BPOC to address common technological problems faced by museums and performing arts organizations in Balboa Park while improving public access to their rich cultural resources. In a departure from past practice of funding individual projects at organizations in the Park, the Foundation invested significant funding ($3...

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The Call for Proposals is open for the 2013 Museums and the Web conference in Portland. The annual conference features research and applications of digital practice for cultural, natural, and scientific heritage. BPOC staff regularly participate in MW to stay up-to-date on the latest tools and trends. I’m serving on this year’s program committee.

Deadlines and proposal types include:

September 30 Deadline

Pre-conference workshop: Full or half-day workshop on a specific area of museum technology. No written paper is required.

Formal paper. Share your work through a written paper and oral presentation in a conference session.

Professional forum. Convene a one-hour discussion or debate. No written paper is required.

How-to Session: Demonstrate and teach a practical skill through a one-hour workshop.

December 31 Deadline

Demonstration: Showcase projects in an exhibit-booth setting.

Lightning Talk: Give a pecha kucha-style as part of a 1.5 hour session that includes 6 lightning talks.

Additional information is available on the MW website and via Twitter (@MuseWeb).


--Maren Dougherty

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