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'Next' with MuseumNext's Jim Richardson

Courtesy  TeamLab .

Courtesy TeamLab.

“It’s easy to make assumptions, and that’s how we end up with museums that aren’t relevant to their public.”

The future of museums is relevancy and Jim Richardson, founder of the MuseumNext conference and museum news website, identifies the top priority museums should invest in to stay relevant. Tune in as we discuss audience research, digital trends and the role of leadership in impacting change. Plus, a new game where we “predict” what museums will be like in the not-so-far-off-future!


'Hospitality' with Nasher Museum of Art's Myra Weise

“People don’t want to feel dumb. They don’t want to feel like they’ve done something wrong.” Myra Weise brings a human-centered approach to creating more hospitable museum spaces. 

This interview is from our first live podcast event at the North Carolina Museum of Art as part of a month-long training for frontline staff about hospitality. Weise, Manager of Museum Services at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, shared her specific training methodology and bigger vision about how to create a welcoming environment for visitors, including how to balance the inherent tension between hospitality and protecting the object. 

Listen to the full live show here: 

'Collaboration' with The Morton Arboretum's Carissa Dougherty

"[Collaboration needs] really strong vision from the top about what we’re trying to accomplish together. So it’s not marketing’s goal and curatorial’s goal and development’s goal. It’s our goal that curatorial, marketing, and development are working on, together.”

How do museums move away from “deeply ingrained turfiness” that are part of museum structures and ways of operating? Carissa Dougherty, Head of Knowledge Management at The Morton Arboretum, shares her expertise on how to shift museums into a collaborative mindset.

Plus, additional commentary at the end of our conversation!

'Equity' with Cecile Shellman

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“In a perfect world we would have equity. We could celebrate and recognize that we all have differences, and are diverse, in how we come to the world and move through our spaces…And if I’m coming to come down from the clouds and be less Polly Anna-ish, I would say that the reason it’s on museums is, you know what, we’re really late. We’re late to this work. There was never a Brown v Board for museums. Educators had to be forced into this in 1954. This is 2019. ”

Cecile Shellman is a Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) consultant to museums. Our conversation focused on what museums can do to prioritize their thinking to create equitable environments. We also discussed why equity is the “it” word right now and the difference between equity and equality.

Plus! I add my own thoughts on our conversation after trivia, so be sure to listen all the way to the end!

'Content' with Smithsonian Lunder Conservation Center's Laura Hoffman

"Content is king. It is what we have in our pockets as museums. [And it’s important] to keep that in mind, that power. But, also think about the audiences and why we still exist and why that content remains powerful.”

Content is still king. It’s what museums put out on social media, it’s the labels on the walls, and it’s the object behind glass. But how can we harness the uniqueness of content in museums to more deeply engage audiences? Laura Hoffman from the Smithsonian Lunder Conservation Center shares her background in managing a diversity of content and how to relate to audiences.