What is #AskACurator and How to Get Involved
SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 13 2017 FOR OUR NEXT #ASKACURATOR DAY!
This is the list of all museums who signed up so far. It is in alphabetical order by country. I’m updating this page every few days. If your museum isn’t on listed, use the sign up form. If you are listed and can NOT take part in 2017 please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @MarDixon on Twitter.
How to take Part: Participants Want to know how to Take Part? There’s an article for that! (Please note the date has changed!)
How to take Part: Museums You might want to tell your followers the time your curator will be available. Some museums write it on their events page, others leave it open to see what questions they receive. However, to get your name out there — it helps to jump in to general questions and not just wait to be asked a specific question. Some people will use the hashtag to ask questions such as how to know what to collect, what skills are needed, what are the unknowns of being a curator etc. We also have a few #Askacurator people who have questions like ‘do you have a teddy bear in your collection’ or ‘what’s the funniest thing you heard in your museum’ etc.
Museums taking part: 1439
The list of museums and galleries that have signed up is available here.
What time is it? It’s #AskaCurator time! Yes, September is more than Back to School time — it’s Ask a Curator Time!
When is Ask a Curator?
It’s an all day event on September 13th
What is Ask a Curator?
It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to. #Askacurator is open to everyone: Museums, galleries, National Trust, Theatres, and more. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on.
- What’s it’ like to be a curator?
- How do you decide what to display?
- What is the most unique object in your collection?
As some curators won’t know *all* the answers straight away, it might be they have to get back to you if it is a specific question about the museum/gallery. However, if it is a general question, you might find another museum’s curator could answer it.
How to get involved?
Use the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter. You can ask questions to specific museums using the @MUSEUMNAME or you can ask general questions using #AskaCurator.
Please fill out this simple form which will export your information to a spreadsheet to share. On the day you can schedule the time you are going to be there or you can dip in and out and answer questions when you get them. Others also decide to spend the day asking questions not just to their Museum but the general questions that are asked (last year, Bears in Museums asked who had Bears in Museums…. it was one of the top questions!)
In other words, curators spend as much or as little time as they want.
It’s also a good idea to let your followers know you’re taking part. Some curators will write a blog or tweet they are taking part in #askacurator.
Just come to twitter on the day and ask the questions. What I like to do is keep an eye on the countries and museums taking part and find a few unique ones that I want to know more about. You can set yourself a goal of asking a question to every country even!
Who can get involved?
EVERYONE! You just need to sign up for Twitter account if you haven’t yet. Curators can answer questions to other museums and/or general questions (how to questions, etc). Everyone is allowed to interrupt — this is Twitter after all!
Go to Twitter and Instagram and search for #AskACurator
I find using Tweetdeck or HootSuite makes following the conversation easier.
Hope this write up helps with some of the questions about what Ask A Curator is. If you still have questions please ask away or you can tweet using the tag
Why should you take part?
Many museums and art galleries who took part back in 2010 will testify to the great platform it gave them and large exposure that they would not have been able to achieve without #AskACurator. This is true for both large and smaller venues.