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For Your AAM2019 Schedule: Talking about the Future with Your Community

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Dream Tomorrow, Today. The DoSeum, San Antonio

Heads up on a session I’ll be moderating at the annual meeting in New Orleans next week:

Engaging Community in Conversations about the Future
Wednesday, May 22, 11 am – noon, Room 356-357

The session was instigated by Meredith Doby, of the DoSeum. Meredith brought me to San Antonio a couple of years ago to contribute to a brainstorming session for an exhibit they were planning. Dream Tomorrow, Today which opened in 2018—San Antonio’s 300th anniversary—invited kids and families envision the next three hundred years of their city.

In the course of planning Dream Tomorrow, Meredith and her team connected with other museums that have created community conversations about preferred future. I hope you will join me in New Orleans, where Meredith and I will be joined by:

Leonardo Menezes, of the Museum of Tomorrow in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which created an artificial intelligence chatbot that helps visitors identify what they can do to address their most urgent concerns about the future. (You can read an interview with Leonardo about this work on the CFM Blog.)

Sarah Henry, of the Museum of the City of New York. At her museum, New York at its Core considers the future of the “Capital of the World” through the lens of money, density, diversity and creativity.

Howard Taylor, a museum director who is himself a long-time futurist. Under his leadership, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts has for many years invited residents of San Angelo to explore their dreams for their community.

After presenting brief introductions to their work, each speaker will preside over an interactive table with opportunities to explore this work in more depth. See you there?

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