Monday, September 12, 2011

Brooklyn Academy of Music Enters 21st Century, Launches 150th Anniversary Blog

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

BAM, in 1861.
  • BAM, in 1861.

The Brooklyn Museum has a blog and a Tumblr, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a blog, and even the Brooklyn Historical Society has a blog, while the Brooklyn Academy of Music has remained in the darkness of Web 1.0. But not anymore; meet the institution's new blog, BAM 150.

BAM's new blog, launched on the occasion of its sesquicentennial, will "highlight points of our history and highlight what was going on with the anniversary," director of digital media Stephen Litner tells the Wall Street Journal. In addition to noteworthy moments in BAM history—like the time its main building was flooded in 1977—there's information about current productions, ongoing development projects, and various 150th anniversary celebrations and events.

Litner promises lots of archival goodies: "We have 30 years of archival videos of productions. There are 10-plus hours of Harvey Lichtenstein’s oral history that were recorded." And despite the name, the blog will outlive BAM's 150th anniversary celebrations, morphing into a more general institutional blog next season.

(ArtInfo; Image: NYPL)

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