Museum Magazine Editorial Calendar

Each issue of Museum includes four feature articles and one point of view article.

Submit an article pitch for an upcoming issue.




Culture Wars 2.0
AI Adolescence
Towards Net Zero


Volunteers/Volunteerism – Preview this issue 

Potential topics can include but are not limited to: volunteer recruitment and retention; visitor engagement; cultural competency; communicating on sensitive topics; performance improvement and feedback; volunteer preferences; training and development; personalization/customization; recognition and appreciation; diverse and inclusive volunteerism; virtual volunteers; interpretation techniques; challenging visitor behaviors.

Article pitches were due November 1, 2023.


Health and Well-being – Preview this issue 

Potential topics can include but are not limited to: health services and support; remote and hybrid work; work-life balance; wellness programs; burnout prevention; open and transparent communication; stress management; community engagement and service; professional growth and development; recognition and appreciation; conflict resolution and mediation. See our Annual Meeting theme focused on this topic.

Article pitches for the May/June issue were due January 5, 2024.



Potential topics can include but are not limited to: political neutrality; organizational culture and values; crisis management and controversy; communication and social media strategy; culture wars; inclusive visitor and community engagement; politically motivated funding shifts; public perception and trust; board and donor relations.

Article pitches for the July/August issue were due February 16, 2024.



Potential topics can include but are not limited to: CEO/board relations; hybrid work models and engagement; evolving fundraising strategies; board leadership; addressing contemporary issues such as climate change, AI and automation, technology ethics and privacy; crisis preparedness and response; government relations and policy advocacy; earned revenue and fundraising; leadership development; impact measurement and reporting; innovative collaborations/partnerships; social justice and advocacy.

Article pitches for the September/October issue were due May 6, 2024.



Potential topics include but are not limited to: creating and implementing a DEAI plan; trustee engagement in DEAI; DEAI informed practices in development, finance, and human relations; accountability with the community; measuring and evaluating DEAI; development of Chief Diversity Officer positions, onboarding, and support; well-being and care for those engaged in DEAI; DEAI in a politically polarized era; inclusive and community centered work in culturally specific institutions.

Article pitches for the November/December issue should be received by July 8, 2024.



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.



Potential topics include label writing; descendent voices; community storytelling; first- or third-person interpretation; personal narratives; tours; performance-based storytelling; digital storytelling; storytelling design and/or techniques; visitor-centered approaches; controversial subject matter; ethical responsibilities; multivocal stories; exhibition design as storytelling.


Social and Community Impact



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.



Potential topics include state and local advocacy initiatives; year round advocacy; making the case for the social and economic impact of museums and why museums matter; creative approaches to advocacy; state and/or local tax initiatives that benefit museums; planning for and participating in America 250 (USA’s Semiquincentennial).



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.



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.


Community Engagement

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, social practice; exhibition co-creation; social inquiry exhibitions; community-centered practice; health and well-being; 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.


Creative Aging

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.



Curatorial Practice

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.


Identity Issues

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.


Civic Engagement

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, civic participation and education, responsible citizenship, community service, volunteerism, democratic values and dilemmas, activism.


Building Audiences

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.


January/ February


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.


Courting Controversy

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, addressing divisive issues, taking a stand or not, neutrality, cultivating brave spaces, politics, activism.


Financial Sustainability

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.


Decolonizing Collections

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

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, creative aging, neuroaesthetics, empathy, sensory experiences and wellness, social connection, cognitive disabilities.

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