Demographic Change

  • Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums (PDF, 42 pages) This report, commissioned by the CFM from the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, explores the majority-minority future of America and issues a call to action for museums to better serve their rapidly diversifying communities. Includes online resources for demographic information and socio-economic indicators, case studies, research recommendations and a call to action.
  • Towards a New Mainstream (Video, 36 minutes) This lecture by journalist Gregory Rodriguez explores demographic change in the Americas, cultural transformation and the future of museums. The video is a recording of the second annual CFM lecture given at the Embassy of Canada on Dec. 9, 2009, and presented in partnership by the American Association of Museums and the Canadian Museums Association.
  • Towards a New Mainstream (Webcast) In addition to a 36 minute video of the lecture by Gregory Rodriguez (recorded before a live audience on Dec. 9, 2010 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.) the webcast includes: an overview of the demographic trends sweeping the nation in the coming decades, led by James Chung of Reach Advisors; a recording of the online question and answer session with Gregory; a panel discussion with Cecilia Garibay, principal of the Garibay Group, Lisa Lee, director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Tammie Kahn, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Houston; and a record of the moderated chat rooms.
  • Towards a New Mainstream Lecture Discussion Guide (PDF, 12 pages). This discussion guide is designed to be used with the recording of the webcast of the 2009 CFM lecture Towards a New Mainstream. The guide provides questions and activities for deeper exploration of the topic of demographic change, as well as extensive recommendations for further reading.
  • American FactFinder. This website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a comprehensive source of population, housing, economic and geographic information. It pulls data from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey, Puerto Rico Community Survey, Economic Census and Population Estimates Program.
  • Pew Research Center. This website of the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project presents research on the behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis.
  • The Rise of Asian Americans. This 2012 Pew Research Center report provides a  comprehensive portrait of Asian Americans: demographic characteristics; social, political and family values; their life goals, economic circumstances and language usage patterns; sense of identity and belonging; attitudes about work, education and career; marriage and parenting norms; views on intermarriage and filial obligation; perceptions about discrimination and intergroup relations; and the nature of their ties to their countries of origin.
  • Population Reference Bureau website provides information for people around the world about population, health and the environment. Their work focuses on the "core themes" of: Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Global Health; Population and the Environment; Aging; Inequality and Poverty; Migration and Urbanization; and Gender.
  • The Cultural Museum 2.0: Engaging Diverse Populations in America (Japanese American National Museum (PDF, 55 pages). This 2009 white paper explores how a culturally specific arts organization adapts to changing demographics in order to more effectively engage and serve contemporary audiences that are increasingly multi-ethnic.