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The Peabody Essex Museum’s Climate + Environment Initiative Seeks to Create a Different Climate Future

As the director of an interactive art and nature space, I’ve included climate change as a topic in many shows and programs over the years. But until recently, I had convinced myself that …

A National Collaboration Unites Black Museums in Celebration of Juneteenth

African American museums across the country bear a glorious responsibility to educate and engage, to inform and inspire, to bring together and build. As anchors for this engagement …

Virtual Programs for Children—What Do Parents Want Now?

After of year of chaos, anguish, and reflection, the world is entering a new phase—perhaps “post-pandemic,” maybe the “new normal”—it will take a while to settle on the right label. Last …

Thriving as a Virtual Museum: The National Museum of American Jewish History’s Playbook

Like many museums, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH)’s doors have remained closed to the public since March 2020. Our physical doors, that is. Our museum is very much …

How the Frazier History Museum Is “Bridging the Divide” in Its City

The Frazier History Museum is located on Main Street in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, at the corner of Ninth Street.   What makes our address significant, historically significant, is that …

Running with Scissors (and a Mask!): COVID-19 Responses at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Just as flexible buildings can withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes, flexible institutions can withstand monumental challenges like a global pandemic. Because of our four years …

Attracting Charitable Giving through Education Programs

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

How Will Museums Haunt Us This Halloween?

If you’re up for an extra dose of eeriness in this already odd year, you’re in luck! Halloween is imminent, and even in a pandemic museums have plans to mark the occasion. …

The Keys to Sustainable Online Programming? Partnerships and Professional Development

Recently, I’ve been analyzing the efficacy of museum-developed digital programs over their thirty-year history, and I’ve noticed a common theme: Every study extols the benefits of such …

Don’t Be Surprised, Be an Ally: Better Security Planning for Virtual Programs

It was my ninth virtual program of the COVID era that prompted this essay. The first eight had gone relatively well. After some low numbers and awkward silences early on, later events …

Earning Income from Education Programs during COVID-19

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2020 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

Pandemic-Friendly Ideas for Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Your Community

Welcoming Week is an annual event from Welcoming America that seeks to unite recent immigrants and refugees with longer residents in communities. Along with other organizations of all …
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The Era of the Visionary Museum Director Is Over … or It Should Be

Category: Leadership
I recall interviewing as a candidate for director positions, and "What is your vision?" was the most common question. The question requires candidates to take their limited knowledge of an …

Frankenthaler Foundation Energy Project Is Giving Museums $10 Million

Category: Environmental Sustainability

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, named for the American abstract expressionist painter, announced on Wednesday that it had committed $10 million to the Frankenthaler Climate …

Crafting the Museum Experience: How Mingei International Museum Centered Mission and Visitor Experience in a Major Renovation

Category: Facilities
In September 2021, Mingei International Museum will reopen after a three-year, fifty-five-million-dollar renovation. This ambitious and unique capital project, completed in partnership with …

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