How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone? (Bob Dylan)
If anyone had told me that I’d have spent the start of the spring in my room I’d never have believed it. And yet, only a couple of months into 2020 and we’ve seen fires devastating Australia, a World War III threat and the spread of Coronavirus all over the world. And I feel the weight of all this heavily on my shoulders, both personally and professionally.
I’ve been blogging about museums for about three years now and never have I felt more powerful and inspired by the power of being online. As an example, the #museumblast challenge we just had on Instagram was fantastic! So many people joined.
It’s finally December! What a great time to be alive.
As entire cities dress up for the holidays, museums can play a huge role in bringing people together through exhibitions and special programs.
And that’s why, for instance, they should be open late during the holidays! Spending that extra time in museums allows for new perspectives to be formed and shared, as shown multiple times in museums across Europe and (more) in the United States.
I once went to Vienna over the Christmas holidays. Aside from the beautiful sceneries and snowy trees, the city has a fascinating aura surrounding it due to its royal history and musical roots. I loved it and would go back any day!
Spending quite a part of my days online (yes, I’m talking about Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even TikTok) I have the chance to bring most of my life experiences into new mediums, where the old meets the new and my life crosses everyone else’s life. Mostly: real-life strangers! And it’s a life of adventures, constant validations and time-sensitive connections… (is it good?)
Anyways, one of the ways these connections happen online is through initiatives like #museum30, which was created by my dear friend Gracie and brings all us museum nerds together under one hashtag, both on Twitter and Instagram.
If you’ve been following (and hopefully participating to) the challenge, you can’t deny how fun it is! I believe most millennials fancy an occasion to post their greatest museum finds, photos and experiences online, making November a little less dark and a little more fun.