Center for the Future of Museums
Understanding that the dynamic nature of our cultural, political, and economic landscape directly affects how we interact with museums, the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) helps museums navigate the future.
The Center for the Future of Museums, in collaboration with our community, works to
- Monitor cultural, technological, political and economic trends that matter to museums
- Equip museums to help their communities address future challenges
- Build strong connections among museums and educational, corporate, civic, nonprofit, and government organizations
Learn more about the work of the Center of the Future of Museums:
CFM Blog—read frequent posts about emerging ideas from CFM director Elizabeth Merritt and others
TrendsWatch—an annual digital and print forecasting report.
Bring the future to your museum or conference
At the Alliance, we love the opportunity to engage with our community face-to-face. Each year we make time for CFM staff to “take the show on the road,” via lectures and workshops.
This year CFM’s founder and director Elizabeth Merritt, and CFM museum futurist Dr. Nicole Ivy are available for a limited number of engagements. Areas of focus can include:
- An overview of TrendsWatch 2017 and implications for the museum sector
- Diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion
- Financial sustainability: exploring new business models for museums
- Strategic foresight: using futures methodologies to improve museum planning
Fees depend on the length and nature of the presentation, and Alliance member museums receive a discount. These paid engagements help underwrite the free content CFM provides including TrendsWatch, our weekly e-newsletter Dispatches from the Future, and the CFM Blog.
If you would like to invite Elizabeth or Nicole to speak at your museum or conference, contact us at emerritt (at) aam-us.org.