Saturday, February 6, 2021

How Can Museums Find Their "Next" Practices?

I've just started the new season of Museum FAQ videos over on the POW! YouTube channel -- a series of meaty conversations with a wide range of museum professionals from all around the world.

The latest episode features a lively conversation with Kathy McLean about "next" practices for museums instead of "best" practices.  You can get a sense of how the conversation was framed by looking at the graphic at the top of this post.  Kathy and I touched on ways that museum workers and the communities they engage with can help redefine the values, roles, processes, and relationships of museums. 

One of my favorite things that Kathy said during our chat was, "if you are really trying to do something new and different, why do you need to see an existing "best" practice from another museum?'  We discussed (and linked to) some great projects as part of our video, like the storefront theater events in Miami and The Mile Long Opera in NYC.

Well worth a view, if I do say so myself. 

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