The stories we tell through our mission statements, exhibitions, and programs give voice to our values, create common ground, and engage people in our shared humanity. But growing diversity among our core audiences calls into question the relevance and value of many current narratives. In this session, you will learn about changes in audiences and their expectations, and thus the need for “next narratives” in museums of art, history, and culture. You will hear what kinds of stories are likely to replace those that are becoming outdated or irrelevant. We encourage you to bring your own next narratives to the conversation.


  • Melissa Martens Yaverbaum


  • Christy Coleman
  • Zachary Levine
  • Anita Kassof
  • Hunter O’Hanian