The museums on this pane are uniquely accessible spaces serving broadly diverse audiences using entrepreneurial and innovative strategies for public service. These organizations, located within complex and often contentious social and political environments, demonstrate an effective nimbleness in applying culture-driven thinking towards opportunities and issues central to their local audiences. Their “elastic” thinking can provide a model for the field as museums continue to respond to changing demands from multiple audiences and the real economic pressures of a shifting philanthropic landscape.

Aldy Milliken, Linda Harrison, Marilu Knode, Melody Kanschat