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Throwback Thursday: the Coming Dementia Epidemic

This past Tuesday, Lisa Eriksen blogged about museum programs for people with dementia and how staff address the thorny challenge shifting focus from impact to engagement, and …

Monday Musing: When Free is Not Enough

Monday musings are my way of sharing brief, off-the-cuff thoughts about something I have read recently, both to help clarify my thinking an in the hopes of generating discussion and …

Monday Musing: Millennial Anti-Materialism

I read an article in the Washington Post last Friday that resonated with some nascent thoughts on the role of museums shaped by audiences born between 1980 and 2000. The story, by Jura …

Unaccompanied Children at our Borders: Can Museums Help?

 The theme of the Alliance 2015 conference is Museums and Social Value. Leading up to that meeting in Atlanta, CFM will be hosting a number of guest bloggers addressing various aspects …

The Coming Dementia Epidemic

Demographics are among the most stable of trends. Absent a change in immigration laws or a fatal pandemic, we can forecast the composition of the US population with a pretty high degree of …

How to Staff the Future

I’ve been spouting off for years about how museums need to change the way they recruit, select and train staff. Why? Because Museums say they want a more diverse workforce, but the …

Students in the Museum: From Inside the Ivy Covered Walls

We’ve featured a series of posts on this blog that explore the Campus Art Museums in the 21st Centuryreport issued last year by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. …

Artists, Art, and Historic Sites: A Revitalization of the Past Through Present Creativity

Kate Laurel Burgess-Mac Intosh is an independent museum professional who shares her research on contemporary art/historic site mash-ups on the blog Revitalizing Historic Sites and on …

It’s Up 2 You!

The best way to get your message out is through whatever format your audience is already attuned to. This is not always (big shock) a 200 word exhibit text panel. The most effective medium …

The Workforce of the Future Starts Now

We get a lot of questions about who will be working, or should be working, in the museum of the future, and how museums should be finding, recruiting and training these future staff …

Futurist Friday: Agenda 2026

To paraphrase Churchy, from Pogo, “Futurist Friday comes on a Thursday this week.” I am delighted to find that our museum association colleagues in the Netherlands—the Nederlandse …

When Trends Collide: The New Gilded Age Meets the Rise of the Amateur Expert

Museums have long struggled to resist pressure from wealthy donors or sponsors who want to call the shots. How might this play out in a future in which museums loosen their grip on …
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