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2021

January/February

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.

March/April

TrendsWatch

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.

May/June

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.

July/August

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.

September/October

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.

November/December

Wild Card

The issue theme will be determined by you, the reader. Submit theme suggestions by October 6, 2020, using the form below.

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

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.

Summer

Bridge to the Future

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.

September/October

Civic Engagement

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

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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