Addressing Human and Social Needs through Museum Programs and Operations
Forces of Change
Georgia World Congress Center  Sunday, April 26  2-3:15 p.m.     B212 
This Conversation Starter will explore three topics:

Responding to Urgency: Museums and Climate Change Education

How are museums responding to and generating access for the public to understand, find community and develop participation in the urgent issue of global climate change? Through an onsite and online adult education program, research on cultural impact across global communities and dynamic exhibitions, the American Museum of Natural History seeks to identify where its assets best support the public's needs. This session will connect others’ efforts and develop powerful networks to leverage the impact for the public.

The Museum Is Obsolete: Culture Doesn't Live in a Building.

The most exciting "conversation starters" will introduce perspectives from outside the world of museum institutions. FIGMENT is a rapidly growing participatory art movement that created free art events in 10 cities in 3 countries in 2014, all run by volunteers, touching 300,000 participants. We have no building, no permanent home, and only 2 paid administrative staff. We are engaging a large and growing group of participants with a minimal financial investment, funded by grants and donations.

Museums Advocating for Social Change

Faced with complex societal challenges, museums in Europe and around the world increasingly feel the need to redefine their public value and take action to maximize their social impact by contributing to individual and collective well-being, promoting social justice and building cohesive communities. Embracing a “new” role as active social agents also entails communicating this role to various stakeholders and influencing public policy process. Drawing from the European museum sector and the experience of NEMO/Network of European Museum Organizations, this session will explore the role of museums and their umbrella organizations in advocating for social change and raise questions about the effects of recent advocacy efforts in public policy.


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