Reinventing the Museum: Relevance, Inclusion and Global Responsibilities is the third edition following the 2004 and 2012 versions of the Reinventing series. More than a decade since the prior volume, this edition features all new content written since 2017 germane to this pivotal time for museums and the world. The book illuminates the complex external realities and shifts impacting museums, to spur and initiate relevant transformation in order to help define museum’s most impactful role in the ecosystem of their diverse communities at the local, regional and global levels. The urgency for meaningful change is key for museums to emerge as central, more vital contributors in a world that requires new visionary leaders with strategies to make a difference.
The anthology features leading thinkers from across the globe each probing a thread or topic that creates a look into the origins, realities and pressures marking this pivotal time for museums. The introduction frames the book, highlights the issues of our times and the structure of the articles compiled and sequential flow of the contents. Setting the stage for the book is an update to the Reinventing the Museum Tool.
Five sections feature carefully selected articles that create a flow of topics and greater understanding of the issues of our times. Each section unfolds with a sequence of thinking that leads into the subsequent sections and chapters. From highlights of the realities from a global perspective to shifts in institutional mindset to the urgency to achieve inclusion and equity holistically in museums to fresh perspectives of practical approaches to actualize the reinvented museum – the range of topics unfolds an informed path forward.
Whether a student, trustee, or staff member this volume is inspiring, informative, fresh, and a must read for any aspiring or active museum professional.
Gail Anderson president of Gail Anderson & Associates (GA&A) works with museum leaders facilitating institutional transformation, building institutional and leadership capacity, and expanding community and global relevance. Anderson has dedicated much of her 40+ year career to researching, amassing and sharing resources and new ideas to contribute to the evolving thinking about museums. Anderson’s projects include strategic planning, organizational restructuring, institutional assessment and development, and board development. She has worked with more than 70+ clients and completed over 110+ projects. Her core commitments have been to advance social responsibilities, DEAI efforts in the field, decolonization efforts, and museums as key players in the larger global ecosystem.
Prior to launching her own consulting business, Anderson was Deputy Director of The Mexican Museum, Vice President of Museum Management Consultants, Chair of the Graduate Department of Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California, Assistant Director at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, and Museum Educator at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Her publications include the American Association of Museums book, Museum Mission Statements: Building A Distinct Identity (1997), Reinventing the Museum: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift (2004), and the second edition, Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift (2012), and, Mission Matters: Relevance and Museums for the 21st Century (2019), plus numerous articles. This 3rd edition Reinventing the Museum: Relevance, Inclusion and Global Responsibilities is Anderson’s latest publication. Anderson continues her commitment to advancing the field through frequent speaking engagements, writing, and teaching.
Introduction: The Urgency for Relevance, Inclusion, and Global Responsibilities
Part I: Global Realities Challenge Museum Purpose
CHAPTER 1: Museums: Geopolitics, Decolonisation, Globalisation and Migration GEORGE OKELLO ABUNGU
CHAPTER 2: Indigenous Peoples and International Museology BRYONY ONCIUL
CHAPTER 3: From objects of enlightenment to objects of apology: why you can’t make amends for the past by plundering the present TIFFANY JENKINS
CHAPTER 4: The Empathetic Museum: A New Institutional Identity GRETCHEN JENNINGS, JIM CULLEN, JANEEN BRYANT, KAYLEIGH BRYANT-GREENWELL, STACEY MANN, CHARLETTE HOVE, AND NAYELI ZEPEDA
CHAPTER 5: The Value of Museums in Averting Societal Collapse ROBERT R. JANES
CHAPTER 6: Paradigm Shift to Illuminate This Disrupted Planet EMYLN KOSTER, PHD
CHAPTER 7: Global Trends in Museums DAVID FLEMING
SPECIAL FEATURE: Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development UNITED NATIONS
Part II: Transformative Institutional Mindsets
CHAPTER 8: Inside Out Outside In: A resilience model for museums offers strategies to address challenging realities ANNE W. ACKERSON, GAIL ANDERSON, AND DINA A. BAILEY
CHAPTER 9: Creating a Framework for Institutional Genealogy ALETHEIA WITTMAN
CHAPTER 10: Reconsidering People as the Institution: Empathy, Pay Equity, and Deaccessioning as Key Leadership Strategies in Art Museums AMY WHITAKER
CHAPTER 11: Creating the Just Leader: Inclusive Leadership and Organization Justice CHRIS TAYLOR
CHAPTER 12: Museum Leaders as Allies for Queer Inclusion MARGARET MIDDLETON
CHAPTER 13: Growth Mindset for a More Peaceful, Empathetic World EDUARDO BRICEÑO
CHAPTER 14: Sustainability, Resilience and Growth Through Digital Innovation NIK HONEYSETT
CHAPTER 15: The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership ANNE WALLESTAD
CHAPTER 16: Deconstructing Nonprofit Sustainability JAN MASAOKA, JEANNE BELL, STEVE ZIMMERMAN
Part III: The Imperative for Inclusivity and Social Responsibility
CHAPTER 17: Moving Toward Internal Transformation: Awareness, Acceptance, Action JANEEN BRYANT, KAYLEIGH BRYANT-GREENWELL, CINNAMON CATLIN-LEGUTKO, GRETCHEN JENNINGS, AND JOANNE JONES-RIZZI
CHAPTER 18: The evolving responsibility of museum work in the time of climate change SARAH SUTTON
CHAPTER 19: Cultural Interpretation in the 21st Century: Transformational Changes in Museum Practice W. RICHARD WEST JR.
CHAPTER 20: The Politics of History in Memorial Museums JULIE HIGASHI
CHAPTER 21: Presence and Power: Beyond Feminism in Museums ELISABETH CALLIHAN AND KAYWIN FELDMAN
CHAPTER 22: Public Spaces for Strangers: How Museums Physical Assets Should Contribute to Communal Peace ELAINE HEUMANN GURIAN
CHAPTER 23: Tools for Thinking in Tools and Approaches for Transforming Museum Experience RACHEL GINSBERG, KAYLEIGH BRYANT-GREENWELL, AND GAIL BENNETT
First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and GalleriesTERRI JANKE
Race Report Card MUSEUMS & RACE
Part IV: Practices to Support Reinvented Museums
CHAPTER 24: WINDOWS: Ten Shifts: Redefining Cultural Institutions MICHAEL JOHN GORMAN
CHAPTER 25: Climate of Change JULIE DECKER
CHAPTER 26: Repatriation and Ritual, Repatriation as Ritual LAURA PEERS, LOTTEN GUSTAFSSON REINIUS, AND JENNIFER SHANNON
CHAPTER 27: Race Isn’t Just a “Black Thing” - The Role that Museum Professionals Can Play in Inclusive Planning and Programming ESTHER J. WASHINGTON AND ANNA F. HINDLEY
CHAPTER 28: Museums Without (Scholar-) Curators: Exhibition-Making in Times of Managerial Curatorship MATHIEU VIAU-COURVILLE
CHAPTER 29: Mechanisms and Tropes of Colonial Narratives HODAN WARSAME
CHAPTER 30: Materialising reform: how conservation encounters collection practises in zoos MONIKA KRAUSE AND KATHERINE ROBINSON
CHAPTER 31: Digital Transformation: It’s a Process and You Can Start Now JACK LUDDEN AND JOHN RUSSICK
CHAPTER 32: Cultural Humility as a Framework for Anti-Oppressive Archival Description JESSICA TAI
Ten Principles for an Anti-Racist, Anti-Orientalist, Activist Approach to Collections. ELIZABETH WOOD, RAINEY TISDALE, AND TREVOR JONES
Part V: Legacy Articles from Reinventing the Museum Editions I and II: An Annotated Bibliography
About the Editor
The list of authors of the articles in this important book reads like a ‘who’s who’ in the international museums world . Included are articles by renowned professionals like Elaine Heumann Gurion, Margaret Middleton, Bob Janes, and George Abungu. Edited by the doyenne of museum management studies, Gail Anderson, the book is an up-to-date ‘must read’ for all museum people, whether they are new starters or old hands.
When I started my career as an Indigenous curator the first book I read was the first edition of Reinventing the Museum. It was ahead of the curve when it came to discussions around decolonizing museums, their colonial baggage, and inclusion. I am so excited for this third edition as it even more timely and forward-looking.
Anderson's book brings together the visions and proposals of those who are leading change in museums, thus resulting in a compendium of the current state of the art.
It is a must-read not only for museum professionals, but also for the entire spectrum of museum stakeholders.
This is a book of readings.