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Museum Magazine Editorial Calendar

2020

January/February

Curatorial Practice

Potential topics are, but 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.

March/April

Gender Issues

Potential topics are, but not limited to collections, exhibitions, representation, identity, women’s rights, LGBTQ issues, gender bias, gender equity.

May/June

Bridge to the Future: Annual Meeting Issue

Potential topics are, but not limited to museum practices, programs, and operations that are responding to emerging social, economic, political and technological forces and implications for the future.

July/August

Civic Engagement

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

September/October

Creative Aging

Potential topics are, but not limited to 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.

November/December

Building Audiences

Potential topics are, but 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.

2019

January/ February

Technology

Potential topics are, but 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

March/April

Courting Controversy

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

May/June

Financial Sustainability

Potential topics are, but 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

July/August

Decolonizing Collections

Potential topics are, but 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

September/October

Workforce/Workplace

Potential topic are, but 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

November/December

Health and Well-Being

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

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