Museum Magazine Editorial Calendar
Trendswatch (Digital trends; post-pandemic workplace; the partisan divide)
(Potential topics include national or local civic education programs; pandemic digital experiments and improvements; assessing and planning for the cost of maintaining digital assets; reshaping the workforce in alignment with practical and value-based decisions on such things as pay, benefits, and policies; automation in museums and its workforce implications; pathways to professional advancement)
Storytelling (potential topics include label writing; descendent voices; community storytelling; first- or third-person interpretation; personal narratives; tours; performance-based storytelling; digital story telling; storytelling design and/or techniques; visitor-centered approaches; controversial subject matter; ethical responsibilities; multivocal stories; exhibition design as storytelling)
Article pitches for the March/April issue should be received by November 5, 2022
Social and Community Impact (see our Annual Meeting theme focused on this topic)
Article pitches for the May/June issue should be received by January 9, 2023
Education (potential topics include teacher training; education models; museum/school partnerships; virtual learning; life-long learning-intergenerational learning; social/emotional learning; education and censorship; expanding roles of educators; human-centered education; unschooling; homeschooling)
Article pitches for the July/August issue should be received by February 24, 2023
Repatriation (potential topics include voluntary repatriation; new boundaries on legal challenges; state and federal legislation; beyond repatriation–reparations and restitution; ethical considerations; collection stewardship; museum and source community partnerships)
Article pitches for the September/October issue should be received by May 5, 2023
Advocacy (potential topics include state and local advocacy initiative; year round advocacy; making the case for social and economic impact; creative approaches to advocacy; tax measures; advocacy on social issues; activism; planning for America 250 (USA’s Semiquincentennial; making the social case for museums; why museums matter; cultural tax districts)
Article pitches for the November/December issue should be received by July 7, 2023
Organizational Excellence: Performance, Assessment and Transformation
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, Accreditation; Museum Assessment Program (MAP); standards; peer review; core documents verification.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, social practice; exhibition co-creation; social inquiry exhibitions; community-centered practice; health and wellbeing; supporting vulnerable communities; research and evaluation; BIPOC engagement; COVID 19; activism.
Annual Meeting Issue
Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, go-green initiatives; exhibitions; environmental education; environmental justice; preservation, conservation and environmental activism; building design and operations.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, organizational structures/culture; human resources; access; public accountability; governance; collections; exhibition interpretation and display; staff training; curation; anti-racism; power shifting.
The Digital Revolution
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, organizational culture; digital skills; equity and access; augmented reality; virtual reality; visitor experience; mobile applications; websites; digital collections; virtual exhibitions; social media; business models; virtual learning.
Race and Social Justice
Potential topics are, but not limited to, Black Lives Matter; organizational structures; public accountability; truth and reconciliation; conflict mediation; systemic racism; collection acquisition; exhibition interpretation and display; staff training; curation; anti-racism; shifting of language from DEAI to racial equity to anti-racism; power shifting.
Topics include museum-school partnerships that offer structured support for students during COVID-19; college or university galleries or museums supporting student activities during COVID-19; adopting digital tools or strategies in response to COVID-19 challenges; reparative practice through collections, resources, staffing or governance to advance greater equity; promoting civic dialogue across partisan social and political divides; building local audiences as a consequence of travel and tourism restrictions during COVID-19.
Annual Meeting Issue
Topics include community-centered practice and engagement; communications strategy; immigration and refugee communities; inclusive emergency management; bridging difference; activism; museums as public assets; misinformation and trust; activism; social impact; co-curation; climate change and environmental sustainability; global connection; fostering belonging; reducing polarization.
Emotion and Empathy
Topics include, but aren’t limited to, affective learning strategies; exhibition design; social inquiry exhibitions; community practice; social impact; institutional trauma; emotional intelligence; research on perception or physiological response and emotion; healing and renewal; resilience; self-care; belonging; generational trauma; environmental empathy; empathy-building; exhibitions on emotion.
Topics include programs and services for people 55 and older, and caregivers for aging adults, to foster health and well-being during the COVID-19 era; ageism in museum operations; seniors and volunteerism; getting started with creative aging museum programs; evaluation of creative aging programs; funding sources for creative aging initiatives/projects.
Museum Identity and Redefinition
Topics include, but are not limited to, museums as public assets, civic spaces, stewards for cultural heritage, and prisms of identity.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, changing responsibilities, social issues, collection-based engagement; decolonizing collection acquisition, interpretation, and display; visitor, object-based, or community-based approaches; professional training.
Potential topics broadly focused on identity to include, but not limited to, collections, exhibitions, representation, women’s rights, LGBTQ issues, gender bias, gender equity.
Bridge to the Future
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, museum practices, programs, and operations that are responding to emerging social, economic, political and technological forces and implications for the future.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, civic participation and education, responsible citizenship, community service, volunteerism, democratic values and dilemmas, activism.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, data-driven decision-making, diversifying audiences, engaging new audiences, retaining loyalty, research-based strategy, community building, marketing and communication strategies, earned revenue opportunities, new membership models.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, immersive theater, virtual reality and augmented reality, exhibition development and the selfie culture, implications of new intelligence specifically—chatbots, artificial intelligence tools for mining and managing huge digital databases, artificial intelligence as a creative tool, technology to optimize and personalize experiences, implicit biases in technology models; data privacy—concerns and best practices.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, addressing divisive issues, taking a stand or not, neutrality, cultivating brave spaces, politics, activism.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, free vs. paid admission, dynamic pricing, early detection of financial shortfalls, creative revenue models, entrepreneurial approaches (hotels, conference centers), new mission-related income streams.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, joint collecting agreements, long term care of objects, collections planning to reflect changing demographics and inclusive stories, label re-writing and tagging digital collections for inclusion, copyright and ethics issues on digital content in regions of conflict, repatriation.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, new job categories and changing roles, unions, pay equity, in-sourcing vs. outsourcing, unbiased hiring, the pay gap, updated salary survey, internships, “ban-the-box” initiatives; living wage policies.
Health and Well-Being
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