Sometimes the greatest resistance to engaging contemporary or controversial issues comes from inside our organizations themselves. Our boards of directors, our management teams, even our front line staff face real and justified fears. How will our audience react? And how will we know we’re ready? You will hear from three museum leaders who discuss their successes—and their failures—in preparing their organizations for the challenges of expanded civil and social engagement. Our discussion will include museum programs that addressed unrest in Ferguson, MO, explored the biology and psychology of race, and questioned the privileged narratives told at beloved historic sites.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


  • Sean Kelley


  • Melanie Adams
  • Paul Martin
  • Estevan Rael-Galvez