Our societies, communities, and ideas are rapidly changing. With a new era comes many new challenges. The question of who a museum “serves” is as perplexing as it is exciting to consider. Increasingly, as equitable institutions, we are designed to be inclusive, diverse, multicultural, and nimble, but putting this theory into practice deserves some focused and intelligent conversations. This panel will critically explore whether the 21st-century museum is a reflection of our communities and values, and if present-day institutions are indeed “serving” the populations we envision.

Alex Elmestad, Beka Economopoulos, Maris Gillette