Author Archives: Derek Lieu
August 11, 2011, 9:38 am
Wikipedia has detailed sections describing every episode of the television show Seinfeld, but its coverage of art history is more sparse. Often one person will make a contribution on a single work and then it languishes.
To help Wikipedia’s art-history offerings grow more robust, a group of volunteers recently congregated at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, in Washington.
They started by writing a series of articles on artists who participated in a key moment for American art, the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, often referred to as the Armory show.
With the help of archivists and historians associated with the museum, the volunteer “Wikipedians” brought their laptops and, over the course of an afternoon, created pages and bibliographies for artists such as the sculptor Solon Borglum and the painter Andrew Dasburg.
July 27, 2011, 10:35 am
DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit that makes it easy for teachers to create online appeals to raise money for classroom trips and equipment, now has dozens of new tools to help potential donors—and all were developed at no cost.
Among those tools are a map that shows donation “arrows” arriving at their destination over time; an iPhone app that collects and displays local projects in need of support; and a service that suggests projects to recommend to Twitter followers based on their location.
While other organizations, nonprofit or not, would pay considerable fees for these tools, developers and data artists created them free as entries in…
May 20, 2011, 10:41 am
The Rasmuson Foundation, an Anchorage fund that awards grants to Alaska artists, understands that art is not among the state’s well-known exports.
So when the foundation began to experiment with ways to promote that art outside of state lines, it turned to the virtual world of Second Life, where the results can be seen by all. A floating digital museum now displays works by the artists the fund has supported.
For Rasmuson, Second Life was the right tool for the time.
“There’s an incredibly strong arts community [in Second Life],” says Aliza Sherman a digital strategy consultant to Rasmuson. “It was the first foray into an online presence for a lot of artists.”
Now the foundation, which has awarded 230 grants to…