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Museums at the Crossroads-2019 Illinois Association of Museums Conference
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Museums at the Crossroads-2019 Illinois Association of Museums Conference

As societal norms continue to be discussed, debated, and questioned Museums find themselves in the midst of a changing landscape. A crossroads approaches, and Museums must find the best road forward. Be a part of the discussion while learning new museum skills at IAM's 2019 Museums at the Crossroads Conference.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/17/2019 to 11/20/2019
When: Sunday, November 17, 2019
7:00 PM
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Bloomington-Normal Marriot Hotel and Conference Center
201 Broadway Avenue
Normal, Illinois  61761
United States
Contact: Kelly Klobucher
18153434814


Online registration is available until: 11/15/2019
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As societal norms continue to be discussed, debated, and questioned Museums find themselves in the midst of a changing landscape. A crossroads approaches, and Museums must find the best road forward.

Along the road, we can see the signposts for social change such as race relations, decolonization, social justice, pay equity, and identity. Meanwhile billboards calling news “fake,” questioning expertise, and doubting science line the highways. The very vehicles that take us along the road are also changing as technology changes both how the work is done, but also the behaviors and expectations of those we serve. While all of this change can be quite overwhelming, it is further complicated by the constant speed bumps like shrinking budgets, staffing and volunteer shortages, changing fundraising and grant climates, and increased competition for visitor attention and time.

Changing landscapes and new directions are nothing new, but these issues must be addressed. How can Museum’s adapt to changing internal and external forces and become integral parts of the communities they serve? We invite museum professionals to explore the crossroads that museums are facing to help their colleagues maneuver current and coming change.

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