Bold Futures - Museums Association

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Bold Futures

How can we work together to build a shared, strategic vision for museums, galleries and science centres?

The Museums Association, Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and The Liminal Space are convening senior leaders and innovators from across the museum and science centre sectors to take part in a new project: Bold Futures.

Bold Futures has been developed to explore some of the complex cross-sector challenges that have arisen since the pandemic and enable organisations to make changes through follow-on, capacity building grants.

Kicking off with two online workshops for invitees in September, the project will build on some of the insights uncovered in The Liminal Space’s Mindsets for Museums of the Future and Science and Discovery Centre Futures research.

Through the project, we want to consider what our organisations need most to support values-led practice with communities, audiences and partners. We will ask:

  • How can we build capacity to deliver meaningful and responsive work that engages old and new audiences, funders and partners?
  • How can we consolidate our individual learnings and opportunities to become more resilient in the face of our most pressing challenges?

The knowledge gathered will be shared online here, and at the ASDC and MA conferences, before feeding into the grant criteria for a new fund, opening in October 2022. This is a chance to nail down our strategic visioning, create new networks and power up for bold new missions.