Transforming Museum Conference

This was a fantastic conference organized, planned, and hosted by the graduate students in the Museology Program at the University of Washington. Close to 100 people attended representing museums and academic programs from both coasts, the Midwest, Canada, and China! Significant news for us here at Shogren Consulting is the warm reception for our Principal Sam Shogren's paper titled: Museums, Starbucks and the Third Place Way: Civil Society and the Revisioned Museum. Presenting in the first general session, Sam's concepts of museums as Third Places, curtailing construction of new museums, seeking new community partnerships to expand the reach of museums into…

Cultivating “Natural” Cultural Districts – A Report by the Social Impact of the Arts Project

Can the arts and culture play a central role in revitalizing American cities? Over the past decade, a number of cities have answered this question affirmatively. For the most part, they have turned to big-ticket downtown cultural districts as the strategy to expand their “creative economy.” At the same time, skeptics like Joel Kotkin have ridiculed this approach as the creation of “the ephemeral city” that ignores thefundamentals of good city-building for the illusion of urban vitality. Cultivating Natural Cultural Districts

Revisioning Museums Paper Presentation

Good Morning - Later today Sam will be presenting a draft of his paper for the Transforming Museums conference in Seattle before the students in the Arts Administration and Museum Studies Programs at the University of Oregon. The paper's draft titled: Museums, Starbucks, and the Third Place Way: the Museums Role in Civil Society proposes a new role for museums in our communities by   proposing that our real role is in fostering civil discourse concerning contemporary   topics and utilizing the museum's collections to bring insights into the public debate. Sam also argues that contemporary models of museum development…