American Museum of the Moving Image
It makes sense that the American Museum of the Moving Image is based not in Los Angeles but in that old east cost movie Mecca, Astoria, NY. Housed in the 1920s buildings of the Astoria Studio, the Museum has a critical distance from the Hollywood fantasy. Its exhibitions, collections and programs focus on the moving image, a theme that encompasses material from photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th century studies of locomotion to modern video art and computer games – and let us not forget movies and television. The Museum’s calendar is a fascinating mix of how-it-works demonstrations (film and sound editing, animation and video game design) and showings of rare prints of American movies and television shows. It's online exhibitions mirror the Museum's wide-ranging interest in media, with shows on presidential campaign adds, classic video games and the technology behind movies and television.
Americans for the Arts
Through research, education, promotion and advocacy, the nonprofit Americans for the Arts has been advancing the cause of the arts in America for a half-century. Partnering with governments at all levels as well as community groups and individuals, provides an impressive range of services aimed at keeping the American arts scene vital. Initiatives ranging from arts education in public schools to arts and business partnerships are supported by the organization’s wealth of policy-oriented research and professional development programs., Americans for the Arts has been amazingly successful in this pragmatic and wide-ranging approach to promoting the arts.
Arts and Letters Daily
The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes this daily gift of articulate and challenging reviews, articles, opinions and essays culled from newspapers and magazines around the world. The simple and elegant newspaper format displays intriguing teasers that link to full articles, as well as links to major media sites, columnists, classics, favorites, weblogs, and a welcome list of “Diversions.” Always thought provoking, and occasionally, just plain provoking.
With the simplest sort of site design, Broadcast Live manages to make the wide world of international live radio and TV clear and searchable. There are loads of great links here.
A site that builds on the current fashion of installing web cameras where ever possible and streaming the images online. Earthcam has organized an index of links to webcams providing live feeds from all around the planet, with subject matter ranging from vistas and entertainment to education and information.
Encyclopedia of Life
Truly a reference tool of the 21st century, the Encyclopedia of Life will eventually document, in detail, every single species of the 1.8million that inhabit earth. The project is the desire of E.O.Wilson, renowned biologist, humanist and environmentalist. The realization is possible through a global web of allies formed following Wilson's TED Prize.