Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives Museums $17 million to Improve Digital Outreach
Bloomberg Philanthropies is set to announce on Tuesday that it is expanding its grant funding for cultural institutions' digital projects, with $17 million for museums in New York and around the world.
At the Brooklyn Museum, staffers stationed at a hub will use an app to field questions in real time as visitors move through the galleries. At the American Museum of Natural History, a new app will offer a glimpse of the science happening behind the scenes. And at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, a digital pen will allow visitors to save information on their favorite objects in the collection, and create their own designs.
Other recipients of the expanded grant program, now called Bloomberg Connects, include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Science Museum in London and Singapore's Gardens by the Bay....