Museums have an active and important role to play in a more hopeful future. Together, museums and communities can work to counteract climate change, to train and prepare people for the new nature of work, and to be places of ethical and philosophical responsibility, building souls for our new future.
In the past, we could estimate costs on a low-cost basis and then build museum business models to have operational costs and unearned income create a museum business plan.
The equations are no longer so simple. As an example, basing costs on non-union labor and minimum wage without benefits could be rejected by communities as not aligning with their personal values.
To capture new audiences and expend the primary mission of museums as places of personal meaning, community impact and civil society, we must relinquish part of our authority and learn new digital skills.
The future of museums in understanding and aligning with influencer culture and reaching larger numbers of people that show impact to policymakers.
With museums reopening we have a window of time to change museums, but we must move quickly and with new attitudes.
An “Open Letter” regarding how to remake museums for a post-COVID-19 world.
I think we all have a sense of equity, if something bad is happening something good should result. COVID-19 has forever changed museums; the American Alliance of Museums is predicting that between 20% and 40% of museums will permanently close due to Coronavirus[i]. That is “bad”, a “good” needs to come from this seismic shift to museums.
Introduction Since March 17th 2020 and the start of my Coronavirus quarantine, I have worked on a Strategic Plan for a museum in Tennessee, worked as an AAM MAP reviewer and worked on my new book Museum Visitor Experience. I am sure as everyone else, some days are better than others. Often it is difficult to have the concentration to …
COVID-19 has changed museums, and we will be facing a new museum reality for at least the next year.
Over the last couple of years I have seen a significant change in the staffing of museum design and fabrication. I see the “Gig-Economy” as having a large impact on museums.
Emotionally connecting with museum visitors, being a civic anchor, community gathering place, and helping to define community values.
What is Museum Virtual Reality (VR) and Museum Augmented Reality (AR)?