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What to expect from MuseumNext USA


MuseumNext USA brings together an international gathering of museum leaders for three inspiring days in Portland, Oregon.

We hope that you’ll join us as we explore the future of museums, with the theme ‘revolution’. Here is a brief overview:

Day One – Discovery Day
The Discovery Day is an informal start to the conference packed with opportunities to see the city, participate in interesting sessions and connect with museum professionals from around the world.

Start by registering for the conference at Portland Art Museum, and then either visit one of the museums offering free entry to delegates or join our tech session that is looking at data, storytelling and digital assets.

In the afternoon, you can join a guided tour of the fabulous Portland Children’s Museum or drop into sessions on museums working with entrepreneurs, websites or building equity.

Renowned Portland based digital company Second Story are also running sessions at their offices as part of the discovery day (these need to be pre-booked because of limited capacity).

The discovery day will end with an evening reception at Portland Art Museum, which will share their recent Beer and Art project with plenty of samples and great conversation.

Day Two
The second day of the conference is based at Portland Art Museum. Our one track format allows you to sit back and enjoy an expertly curated program which delivers inspiration, innovation and unexpected insights (hear waht 2016 delegates thought of our conference format here and here).

Our opening keynote is Dr Amber Johnson, who will be sharing the inspiring story of her work creating dialogue around radical foregiveness. This is guaranteed to be a highlight.

The rest of the morning will be spent with Tate and YBCA, two major arts venues who are building links with their communities in different ways and questioning how the museum of tomorrow can best serve the public.

Lunch will be provided at Portland Art Museum, with plenty of opportunity to meet museum professionals from around the world and start conversations about what the mornings sessions.

After lunch Mike Murawski and Stephanie Parrish from Portland Art Museum will share their recent work that responded to the cities housing crisis and tried to make a real difference to homeless people.

This is a fantastic example of a museum making a social impact.

From there we’ll dive into how museums can stand up for the truth, promote social change, listen to the public, create structural change and lead change.

At the end of the day, your head buzzing with ideas, we’ll unwind with a social event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Day Three
The third day of the conference is based at Portland Art Museum. The day will once again deliver unique voices sharing real insight into their work.

The day will start with Sarah Campbell and Cindy Folly from V&A (London) and Columbus Art Museum talking about how learning can reshape museums. In this session they will discuss the important role of learning staff and how they have gained more influence in their institutions.

This will be followed by case study looking at a participatory art experience that explored identity through civic action and a thought provoking look at how algorithms and systems are becoming increasingly biased and how we can counter that.

Lunch will be provided at Portland Art Museum giving you an opportunity to network with your fellow delegates.

After lunch we’ll have a packed session of lightening talks. These are sure to inspire with case studies, ideas and arguments guaranteed to give you plenty of knowledge to take home to your museums.

After a break for refreshments the conference will conclude with talks on social action, personal activism and trust. Our closing keynote from Seema Rao is sure to be inspiring.

MuseumNext USA offers you the chance to step away from your work and find the inspiration, tools and techniques that you need to deliver for your organization.

The Full program and ticket information can be found here. We hope that we’ll see you in Portland, this October.

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