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 and continued growth are not sustainable. The paper concludes with a new vision for museum in the 2st century as Third Places built upon a model of sustainability that envisions curtailed construction by the museum of new space (perhaps we have museum bloat?) that is replaced by community partnerships to build new museum spaces in new civic and commercial buildings taking the museum to the public.
Check back as a drafts of this exciting paper will be made available under the RESOURCES tab on this site!