They handed over the reins to a bunch of folks who, for the most part, don’t work in museums: the CFM Council.
Councilors serve as:
- Connectors. Helping CFM develop relationships with creative, innovative thinkers in other sectors, content-sharers, potential partners, and funders
- Entrepreneurs. Helping staff generate and vet ideas for sustainable projects (ongoing or time-bounded)
- Ambassadors. Making the case in their own circles of influence for museums and their potential to help society tackle important issues. Helping to bring museum representatives into forums, discussions, decision making where they may not have traditionally had a seat
- Systematic Thinkers (demographers, sociologists, futurists, theologians, innovators and academic researchers)
- Creatives (artists, architects, novelists and essayists)
- Philanthropists (foundations, donors and other cultural investors)
- Civic Partners (business, religious, community and political leaders, senior legislative and executive officials and the media)
- Allied Service Providers, (librarians, archivists and officers of government agencies involved in funding museums)
- Entertainment Providers (film, television, video game, sports and other entertainment industries)
- Museum Professionals (representatives of the diverse disciplines and professional practices contained within the museum world)
- Day Al-Mohamed*, senior policy advisory, United States Department of Labor
- Peter Bishop*, associate professor of strategic foresight, University of Houston
- David Curry, managing principal, davidrcurryAssociates
- Jim Hackney, managing partner, Alexander Haas
- Carroll Joynes, executive director, Cultural Policy Center
- Angie Kim, director of programs and member services, Southern California Grantmakers
- Timothy Rub, George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Nina Simon*, executive director, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, Calif.
This begs the question: why would someone with a perfectly good (not to mention all-consuming) day job care want to devote time and energy to angsting about the future of museums? I’ll let a few of our Council members address that first-hand.
Please join me in welcoming our new Council members and thanking them for their work!
I’ve been asked several times, “how does someone get to be on the Council? Can I nominate myself?” Here’s what I tell them: if you are in the museum sector, the best way to line yourself up for a Council appointment is to help with the work of CFM. Come to our lectures and workshops or help create new opportunities to share our content. Introduce us to interesting and influential folk. Demonstrate you already are a Connector, an Entrepreneur, an Ambassador for CFM’s work. And if you know someone fascinating from outside the museum sector who would be a great addition to the Council, especially from sectors not yet representing in the Council’s ranks, please make an introduction! (I, personally, would love to meet Steve or Ms. O.)