February 05, 2013

New Getty Voices Project Features Creative Angles on Art and Culture, One Week at a Time

Project engages Getty staff from a wide range of disciplines


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Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
(310) 440-6473

LOS ANGELES—The Getty today announced the launch of Getty Voices, a new social media project that spotlights a different member of the Getty community every week.

Getty Voices will feature stories from the people engaged in the creative and multi-disciplinary work of the Getty all over the world. Each Monday will feature a new voice and a new topic, kicking off with a post on the Getty’s newly redesigned blog,  
The Iris, and continuing with more conversation throughout the week on a newly launched Getty Twitter (@thegetty) and Facebook (/thegetty).

To launch Getty Voices, The Getty has redesigned
The Iris blog as an online magazine with a cleaner, more colorful look and a responsive design that’s easy to read on tablet and mobile. The Iris also features videos and posts from across the art world, including links to news and features from other arts institutions as well as journalists, writers, and critics.

The Getty staff, volunteers and scholars featured on Voices will use a variety of digital media to tell their stories—participants could be treated to a behind-the-scenes video tour, taken to a live-feed of a symposium, or engage in an online Q&A session with a curator. Topics will include anything and everything relating to art, culture, and The Getty’s mission—seen from a creative angle.

“Getty Voices sets out to engage all of us in a conversation across many fields of study,” said James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “Much of the Getty’s work takes place behind the scenes. Voices is an attempt to make the Getty’s work truly accessible and participatory through the reach of web and social media.”

Below is a list of upcoming voices and topics as part of the project:

  • Getty Conservation Institute project specialist Claudia Cancino shares her Peru field notebook (see her post here and find more updates from Claudia on Twitter and Facebook)
  • Getty Research Institute Senior Special Collections Cataloger Annette Leddy takes us inside the mind of the forgotten surrealist
  • J. Paul Getty Museum Curator Bryan Keene takes us on a journey to Renaissance gardens
  • Staffers Murtha Baca, Anne Helmreich, and Susan Edwards tell us what’s happening in digital humanities
  • The Villa Teen Apprentices dig into the ancient world & pop culture

To participate in the conversation with Getty Voices, visit The Iris, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
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