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The Art Engager podcast is here to help educators, guides and creatives engage their audiences with art, objects and ideas. Each week I’ll be sharing a variety of easy-to-learn flexible techniques and tools to help you create participant-centred experiences that bring art and ideas to life.
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Greetings and a warm welcome to the Stoic Spirituality Channel! My name is Jagan, and I'm a lifelong student of the human experience, eager to share the wisdom I've gained over the years. It is my sincerest hope that you find my content enjoyable and enlightening. I aim to explore the many books I've devoured, both past and present, to offer insights and practical advice for all. Books are an invaluable source of knowledge because they represent the distilled wisdom of a lifetime of experien ...
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Stance is an independent award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast run by New York based journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. An episode is released on the 1st of every month. Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Zara Martin and Saskia Sewell. stancepodcast.com @stancepodcast Guests so far include musicians Four Tet, Jamila Woods, Róisín Murphy, Amber Mark, Caribou, Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Tricky and Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata, Elif Shafak & Valeria Luiselli, ...
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How can we use our sense of smell to engage visitors? My guest today, Sofia Collette Ehrich is an art historian and curator of multisensory experiences. She was a key researcher on Odeuropa - a European funded Horizon 2020 project that advocated for smell as an important part of Europe’s cultural heritage. We discuss when she first realised her pas…
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My guest today, Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout North America, Asia, Australia, South Africa and Europe. Trevor’s day job is as a high school English teacher in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, He teaches from an inquiry stance, guided by specific val…
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How can we engage children with classical music in the museum environment? Today, I'm talking to Cecilie Skøtt about how to engage students with the music of Carl Nielsen through a blend of philosophical questioning and the art of slow listening. Cecilie Skøtt is a mediation designer at Hans Christian Andersen’s House and the Carl Nielsen Museum in…
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Today, I'm excited to chat with Kylie Neagle about fostering curiosity and critical thinking on self-guided field trips for teachers and students. Kylie Neagle is the Education Coordinator at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide . With a small team and limited resources, catering to diverse student needs can be challenging. Volunte…
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What defines the concept of grand strategy and its significance? How does adopting a bird's-eye view contribute to effective decision-making and long-term planning? What stoic principles are integral for cultivating a strategic, higher perspective? In this episode, we delve into the multifaceted concept of grand strategy and its pivotal role in ach…
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In this episode, we take a closer look at museum visitor teams with Dickon Moore, Visitor Experience Manager at Wellcome Collection in London. Discover how these teams master the art of informal engagement, creating meaningful interactions that enhance visitors' museum experiences. Key Points: Understanding the importance of informal engagement in …
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Why is it crucial to broaden our perspective beyond ourselves when tackling problems and events? How does shifting focus from self-centeredness to the interconnected web of relationships enrich our understanding of the world? In this episode, we delve into the significance of adopting a perspective that extends beyond our individual selves. We will…
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Today, in a special BONUS episode for Slow Art Day, I’m talking to Harma van Uffelen. Harma works as a curator of education for the Van Gogh Museum where they have just created a brand new slow looking programme and a slow looking experience for the Matthew Wong exhibition. Listen in to hear: How the programme started and why they chose the Matthew…
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In today's episode: what is rapport, why is it important and how can we build it in our museum and gallery programmes? I recently wrote an article for the Journal of Museum Education inspired by the coaching training I did in 2022. In ' Fostering a coaching mindset: applying coaching competencies to enhance museum educator practice and visitor expe…
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Today, Bianca Boska, an award-winning journalist and author of 'Get The Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See' discusses her new book and her journey into the art world with Claire Bown, host of The Art Engager podcast. Bianca immersed herself for 5 years into the New York art s…
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In this episode, we delve into the profound wisdom behind the power of saying 'no' and establishing boundaries. Together, we explore the intricate dynamics of setting up personal limits with friends and family, unraveling the significance of these boundaries in our journey of self-rule and transcendence. We discuss practical strategies to navigate …
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Host Claire Bown chats with Sofie Vermeiren, about The Art Bridge, a long-term collaboration between Museum Leuven and a local school, exploring how art can boost children's self-confidence and visual literacy. Episode links Episode webpage + transcript Sofie Vermeiren on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sofie-v-172093167/ More info about the …
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Embark with us on a journey of introspection as we delve into the profound impact of cultivating deep thought in our daily lives. Exploring the timeless narratives of characters like Duryodhana and Arjuna, we unravel the intricate threads of the human psyche. Join our discussion on the wisdom encapsulated in books, spanning generations, offering in…
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Come along with me as we dig into why it's crucial to calm the mind, tackle challenges, and concentrate on what genuinely helps us grow. In this episode, we'll discuss about how shutting down that non-stop mental noise can do wonders for our well-being. We'll also talk about purposely putting ourselves in tricky situations and how those challenges …
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In this episode of the Art Engager podcast, host Claire Bown talks with Dr. Tasha Golden about the role arts and culture can play in public health, discussing Tasha's journey from singer-songwriter to public health scientist and the impact of social prescribing on healthcare. They delve into the ways museums are becoming active participants in comm…
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Is detachment from the mind a key to unlocking profound awareness and spiritual growth? How does the Mahabharata serve as a powerful foundation for the Bhagavad Gita, a pivotal philosophical text in Hinduism? What role do the diverse characters in the Mahabharata play in illustrating godly and ungodly tendencies? In what ways does understanding the…
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After seven years of Stance which has spanned over 64 episodes of arts, culture and current affairs, 8 insightful Stance Takes shows, the growth of Stance Studios, multiple awards, and over 30 in-person events across the globe, we present our final show! In this episode, Chrystal Genesis takes one last look at creativity, storytelling and what it m…
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Dive into the deep realms of Stoic philosophy with an exploration into the meaningful essence of temperance, a fundamental virtue within this ancient school of thought. Come along on this journey as we uncover the significance of maintaining mastery over our physicality and deeds, unveiling pragmatic insights for individual evolution and triumph, p…
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Today I’m talking to Cecilie Monrad, Art Health Manager at Frederiksberg Museums in Copenhagen. We’re talking about See Listen Talk, a unique slow looking programme that helps young psychiatric service users in their recovery. See Listen Talk is a 15-week long programme with weekly meetings taking place outside of the museum's visiting hours. Parti…
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How do we define religion? Why is it important for us to understand the difference between the subjective and objective mind or the mind and the awareness behind it? Why should we, instead of conversing with our mind, simply take a step back, be aware of it, and understand that we don't have to involve ourselves in every single conversation related…
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Today I’m talking to Andrew Westover, Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, about how values-engaged teaching can transform gallery experiences and foster deep connections. Andrew Westover leads the learning team at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, focusing on connecting people with art and ideas to i…
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On Stance, we explore the question: what does it mean to be a Jewish person of color in America today? We chat with a range of voices from this growing demographic, in the worlds of philosophy, pop culture, community organizing, and journalism. Plus, we cover music with Jazz Musician Enji to learn more about her mesmerizing new record, Ulan. At a S…
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Today I'm talking to Briony Brickell, the director of Magic Lantern, an educational charity delivering interactive art history workshops in schools across the UK. We chat about the organisation's work, its values, and the interactive art history sessions they conduct in primary schools for children aged 4 to 11. We explore Magic Lantern's unique cr…
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In this episode, we ponder the significance of cultivating temperance during times of plenty: Why is temperance crucial when we are surrounded by abundance? How does practicing self-restraint contribute to personal growth and mental well-being? What are the benefits of tempering the 'sword of our minds', and how does it contrast with indulging in e…
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"If we know and maintain awareness of our marvelous gift of intelligence, our capacity for determination, and our positive way of life, we generate a foundational good sense of mental health." Join me as we uncover the meaning of this quote and explore the benefits of a foundational sense of mental health! Hope you enjoy and if you like my content,…
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How can we discern between irrationality and true rationality in our thoughts and emotions? Are our emotions dominating our rational minds, and how does this impact our beliefs? Tune into this episode about our inner rationality and true emotional control to find out! Hope you enjoy and if you like my content, drop me a follow and find me on Instag…
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In today's episode, Dr. Stephanie Smith, Learning Manager at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) in Canberra, shares insights into MoAD's innovative approach to engaging visitors in historical spaces. Steph talks about MoAD's educational programmes, focusing on their inquiry-based approach and how they encourage an 'inquiry mindset' through a…
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Too often we find ourselves running toward a goal without considering the moments that got us there and the journey that crafted who we are today. Join me as we discuss the power of the journey more than the destination and thank you for listening! Hope you enjoy and if you like my content, drop me a follow and find me on Instagram @stoicspirituali…
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This show explores Harlem, one of New York City’s most historic and noteworthy places. Co-hosted by special guest, Vita, she joins her mum, Stance’s host and founder Chrystal Genesis to highlight some of their favorite places. As residents of the area, they visit a handful of their favorite spots, spanning film, food and nature to uncover what cont…
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What is the true nature of fear and how does it impact our lives? How can we navigate the path to self-discovery, positioning ourselves to overcome fear? What effective methods can be employed to identify and diminish fear, paving the way for personal courage? In what ways can we nurture and build upon the innate courage within ourselves? Join me a…
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In today's new episode I'm talking to researcher and practice assistant, Leonie Delaey, discussing how museums engage with young people through youth boards and organisations. Leonie come from a rich background in socio-cultural studies and Cultural Management. She currently serves as a Practice Assistant for the Master in Cultural Management progr…
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In today's episode , we explore the urgent need for rest in the cultural sector, specifically in museum education. My guest, educator and leader, Kate Oliver, a freelancer with extensive experience in museums and learning, recently co-founded the "Radical Rest Network" to address this critical issue. In today's conversation, Kate shares insights in…
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How do we tap into sources of hope, compassion and humanity during such turbulent times? This episode of Stance explores this question through the lenses of philosophy, poetry, and music. Professor Lewis R. Gordon is a philosopher, musician, and historian whose areas of focus include existentialism, Africana philosophy, social and political theory,…
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How can we attain genuine happiness in our lives? What is the initial step in the pursuit of happiness? Why is cultivating compassion crucial for achieving lasting happiness? What role do books and wisdom play in the journey to happiness? In this episode, I will delve deep into the pursuit of genuine happiness, exploring the fundamental elements th…
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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, on top of my regular releases on Tuesday and Thursday, I hope to delve into quotes that have deeply resonated with me or that I've stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'll be breaking them down and sharing all my thoughts with you. I've drawn inspiration from my time in a spiritual school for much of my childhood which …
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How can we identify the factors that distinguish remarkable individuals when it comes to their relationship with fear and courage? What are the primary challenges we face when we give in to our fears, and how do they affect the course of our lives in the long term? Can you delve into the characteristics and behaviors of those who exhibit exceptiona…
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Today I’m talking to Rob Walker, author of The Art of Noticing and its spinoff newsletter. He’s a columnist for Fast Company, a longtime contributor to The New York Times and many other publications. His latest book, co-edited with Joshua Glenn, is “Lost Objects: 50 Stories About The Things We Miss and Why They Matter.” In today’s conversation Rob …
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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, on top of my regular releases on Tuesday and Thursday, I hope to delve into quotes that have deeply resonated with me or that I've stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'll be breaking them down and sharing all my thoughts with you. I've drawn inspiration from my time in a spiritual school for much of my childhood which …
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How do we determine if a desire or action is positive or negative, beyond self-satisfaction? What role do consequences for oneself and the world play in evaluating the positivity or negativity of our choices? Can self-satisfaction alone be a reliable indicator of the overall impact of our desires and actions? Why is it important to consider whether…
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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, on top of my regular releases on Tuesday and Thursday, I hope to delve into quotes that have deeply resonated with me or that I've stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'll be breaking them down and sharing all my thoughts with you. I've drawn inspiration from my time in a spiritual school for much of my childhood which …
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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, on top of my regular releases on Tuesday and Thursday, I hope to delve into quotes that have deeply resonated with me or that I've stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'll be breaking them down and sharing all my thoughts with you. I've drawn inspiration from my time in a spiritual school for much of my childhood which …
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How does cultivating inner discipline help us identify the factors that lead to happiness in our lives? What are the essential steps to achieve a state of lasting happiness through inner discipline? In what ways can our perception of the world influence our experience of happiness, and how is it different from external events triggering reactions? …
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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, on top of my regular releases on Tuesday and Thursday, I hope to delve into quotes that have deeply resonated with me or that I've stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'll be breaking them down and sharing all my thoughts with you. I've drawn inspiration from my time in a spiritual school for much of my childhood which …
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Why is preserving the unity of command crucial within a command structure? How does assembling a skilled team that shares your goals and values enhance your leadership effectiveness? What are the key benefits of having information flow from various sources in the chain of command? How can leadership success be influenced by the integration of these…
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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, on top of my regular releases on Tuesday and Thursday, I hope to delve into quotes that have deeply resonated with me or that I've stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'll be breaking them down and sharing all my thoughts with you. I've drawn inspiration from my time in a spiritual school for much of my childhood which …
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Today, I'm responding to a question I get asked a lot: How do you approach groups that are more used to a traditional approach and say they don't want to participate? How can we work with these expectations while delivering an engaging and educational museum experience? In this episode, I'm exploring some of the reasons behind resistance to partici…
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What are the key reasons behind the importance of preserving the unity of command in a leadership structure? How does assembling a team that shares your goals and values contribute to the success of your leadership objectives? Why is it vital for information to flow from multiple sources within the chain of command? What benefits can be gained by e…
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We’re back from our summer break to bring you a special show all about the seminal funk-punk dance band, ESG. Join us on this immersive musical journey through New York City exploring the 70’s, 80’s and beyond, following ESG and their unique sound and story. Starting in the South Bronx, sisters, Valerie, Renee, Deborah, and Marie Scroggins formed E…
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In today's episode, Claire Bown engages in conversation with the authors of a groundbreaking new book, "Activating the Art Museum: Designing Experiences for the Health Professions." Ruth Slavin, Corinne Zimmermann, and Ray Williams share their insights into the powerful intersection of art and healthcare. This book is the first-ever guide to creati…
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This week we're exploring engagement for all with Sam Bowen, a passionate advocate for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) inclusion in museums. Sam shares her extensive experience in the museum sector and explains how her role as a mother to a child with SEND has fuelled her advocacy work. Highlights: Personal Journey: Sam discusses …
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