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Recent Posts by Elizabeth Merritt

Investing in the Creative Economy for Good and Profit

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When it comes to managing their endowments, museums typically focus solely on financial return. This is a missed opportunity to advance their mission-related work. Some avoid investing in …

Revisiting Volunteers and Museum Labor

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I’m working on an essay about museum volunteers and diversity, exploring how this issue intertwines with efforts to diversify our staff, boards, and audiences. What are the barriers …

Building an Equitable Future: Museums and Reparations

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Today is Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black people in America. This holiday is a big deal here in my home town of Washington D.C. Not coincidentally, today the …

Two Artists on the Future of Blockchain and Art

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Every year I feature an emerging technology in TrendsWatch, and this year I dove into blockchain—the distributed, encrypted digital ledger system that supports both cryptocurrencies like …

TrendsWatch 2019: Take Care: Building resilience and sustainable practice

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This is one of the five trends from the 2019 TrendsWatch. Click here to read more about the full report.  “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” —Eleanor Brownn …

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

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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 …