Public Service, Advocacy and Institutional Transformation

By    Aug 8, 2011

A provocative post by Nina Simon on Musuem 2.0 discussing the role of museums (or any nonprofits, cultural or otherwise) in their community. True public service, she suggests, requires more than mere expansion of outreach services.

I want our museum to be the host for dialogue–not just through panel discussions, but through exhibitions and events and commissions and community experiences that both invite and challenge people to engage with each other around the issues that matter most. And I think that requires us to be an advocacy organization … for the power of art to transform, the power of history to enlighten and the power of a welcoming host to spark new ideas and change.

Museum 2.0: Public Service, Advocacy, and Institutional Transformation