NEWS TO KNOW: October 2, 2017

Get caught up on all the news you missed last week! 


Aquariums Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week| To bring awareness and also showcase Sea Otters last week, aquariums and zoos had a tweet-off! Who's the cutest otter of them all? Check out the hashtag #seaottertweetoff to decide, and see some of our favorites below!

Fire Department Turns Hoses into Zoo Animal Toys | The White Plains Fire Department donated over 6,700 feet of fire hose to the Maryland-based nonprofit Hose2Habitat to create durable toys and playscapes for animals in zoos, sanctuaries, and wildlife rehab centers. Learn more about Hose2Habitat and how you can get you can get involved!

Mermaids Swim into Newport Aquarium | Mermaids will be swimming among the fish in the Aquariums Amazon Tunnel until October 15th. You can also meet a mermaid for a dry land visit in the Shark Ray Bay Theater. If you are in the Newport, Rhode Island area, you have to check this out! Visit the Newport Aquarium website to see a full list of events. 


Society for Performing Arts Getting Back on Track | Part of Houston's Theater District, Society for Performing Arts lost its offices and utilization of the district's marque venues due to damages from Hurricane Harvey. Read how they have prevailed through the storm and its aftermath.

DREAMS Center for the Arts Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Children | DREAMS of Wilmington, North Carolina, celebrated 20 years serving the community, including providing arts programs to more than 800 young people and their families each year. Check out how they celebrated at their Festival of Dreams this past weekend!


Your Advocacy Matters: House Votes To Preserve Federal Agencies | The American Alliance of Museums' field-wide advocacy efforts are making a difference! But, we're not out of the woods yet. Learn more about that spending measures in the 2018 budget that could effect your organization, and if you've received a federal grant, let congress know how important it was to you!

Let's Build Massachusetts by Building the Arts | The arts have become an economic and social driver in cultural tourists centers like Boston and other areas of Massachusetts. Learn how the arts have effected the state's jobs, economic activity, and household income, and see how some showcased mural art is building better communities. 

How Arts & Culture are Reshaping Charleston, Virginia | More and more growing cities are turning to Arts & Cultural initiatives to build a better community economically, socially, and culturally. See how Charleston, West Virginia has been working since 2003 to create a brighter future.



Look at all the fun you and your visitors are having on social media! Check out these trending hashtags and use them in your marketing!

#nowonview | A great way to announce new exhibitions at your museum!

#workoftheweek | Consider highlighting your collections this week.

#seaottertweetoff | (9/24 - 9/30) Zoos & aquariums participate in Sea Otter Awareness Week!

Check out Arts & Culture News to Know every Monday.
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