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MuseumNext announce ‘Disrupt’ programme for Autumn 2020

MuseumNext has announced a month long learning programme that will take place in October, following the cancellation of all their in-person events for 2020.

MuseumNext Disrupt will offer participants a four-week syllabus which will consist of four modules on resilience, challenging convention, making change happen and what’s next?

“We’re living through a time of massive disruption,” said MuseumNext founder Jim Richardson. “We want to ask how museums use this an opportunity for positive change?”

The Programme

MuseumNext Disrupt will offer a four-week programme of learning, featuring pre-recorded talks, interviews, panels and workshops all available for participants to watch on-demand for 12 months.

The programme brings together museum leaders and innovators to share how they have responded to the global pandemic and the lessons that they have learnt along the way.

Like the Philbrook Museum of Art in the United States which transformed it’s offering while it’s doors were closed to entertain it’s community online, or Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in the Netherlands which commissioned local artists to bring colour to windows across their city during the Covid-19 lockdown.


Above: Jim Richardson in conersation with Chris Michaels at The National Gallery in London

The programme moves beyond the zoom style presentations with content filmed on location in Europe and North America.

As well as inspiring stories of how museums have responded to disruption, the programme will examine where we go from here, with workshops on purpose, making change happen and design thinking to give participants the tools that they need to lead positive change within their organisations.

The Community

MuseumNext Disrupt will bring together a global cohort of museum thinkers, innovators and makers.

To facilitate conversations between participants online, MuseumNext Disrupt will have its our own private social network which will work on desktop and through apps on Apple and Android devices.

“Community is an important part of MuseumNext, so having a way to bring people together for conversations around the presentations was an important part of making this online programme work,” said Richardson.

Conference Swag

MuseumNext Disrupt delegates will all receive a box of conference swag designed by our friends at UK design consultancy General Public. This includes a Museum Rebel mug, pencil, notebook, pennant flag, tote bag and printed conference programme. 

We hope that this special pack of goodies will make this virtual event feel more real.

Online Learning

The MuseumNext Disrupt programme will take place in October 2020. Details will be published on the MuseumNext Disrupt pages of this website as they emerge.

About the author – Manuel Charr

Manuel Charr is a journalist working in the arts and cultural sectors. With a background in marketing, Manuel is drawn to arts organizations which are prepared to try inventive ways to reach new audiences.

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