Into the Rockies–CMA 2015

  Museum conferences are a wonderful thing. They provide plenty of opportunities to network, meet long-distance friends, collaborate with other museums, and learn from others all while enjoying a brief getaway from the office. We were lucky to attend a great conference this year, hosted by the Canadian Museums Association and held in Banff, Alberta,.. read more →

Van Gogh and Bracket Busters

March. Melting snow, climbing temperatures, St. Patrick’s Day….and of course, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness. The tournament is one of the premier sporting events in the United States, pitting 64 college basketball teams against each other in a single-elimination super-tournament to crown one champion. A common practice among those interested is filling.. read more →

TOTS Wins Award from AIA

We’re happy and proud to announce that Thinking Outside the Square, along with Inkwell Studios, was presented with an award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Buffalo Architectural Foundation (BAF). Our VP Client Services, Brian McAlonie, and Michael Gelen (Principal, accepted the AIA’s Buffalo chapter’s Pro Bono Publico Award for Design Excellence… read more →

Museums in the Holiday Spirit

Admittedly, when the holiday season rolls around often times museums are nowhere near the top of people’s lists of places to visit. Who can blame them? With the WalMarts and Best Buys of the world beckoning bargain hunters with “irresistible” sales, museums often move to the back-burner. Despite this, museums often look at this time.. read more →

Today’s Museum Pros

We’ve mentioned a few times the move of museums into the 21st century–a “paradigm shift”–where these institutions are embracing modern trends, creating fresh, exciting exhibits, and essentially adapting the entire museological culture to fit in with current expectations and today’s fast-paced world. What sometimes fails to be mentioned, however, are the people behind the scenes,.. read more →

Bridging the Gap

Over the last few weeks, we’ve made several trips down to Jamestown, New York. Jamestown is a small city in Western New York’s “Southern Tier” and has a rich history that mostly revolves around manufacturing (especially furniture) and one of America’s favorite redheads, Lucille Ball. Our focus, however, was on the inside a certain Italian.. read more →

The B-Word

No, not that B-word. This B-word has to do with another popular and debated topic in the museum and non-profit world: branding. Americans are exposed to hundreds of logos and brands (also referred to as “identities”) on a daily basis. Some speak to us (I, for one, get excited seeing a Starbucks logo) and some just.. read more →

A “Sentimental Journey” to Normandy

It’s not everyday that one gets to see a 70+ year old plane roll down a runway and lift into the air. Yesterday, at the National Warplane Museum in nearby Geneseo, New York, hundreds of people (our own Steve Bukowski included) witnessed just that. About 50 miles east of Buffalo lies the small village of.. read more →

“Razing Awareness” a Final Time

Historic preservation has recently been a hot-button topic for many cities and regions, especially here in Buffalo and Western New York. Fortunately, the tide has heavily turned in favor of saving our wonderful historic buildings. Especially for places like Buffalo looking to heritage tourism for economic recovery, saving historic buildings has a multitude of benefits:.. read more →

April Showers, May Flowers at the Buffalo History Museum

It’s a rainy day here in Buffalo, and the forecast doesn’t have that changing much for the rest of the week. Looks like “April Showers” are just squeaking into the month over the next few days, with “May Flowers” to come soon after! However, we’re thinking of a certain kind of flower: cherry blossoms. Usually.. read more →