From the Funder’s Perspective: A Conversation About Innovation, Iteration and Sustainability
Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Venue: Conference Center A

In response to the rapidly evolving world around us, a culture of innovation has permeated throughout the museum sector. This has forced museums to work in new ways, acquire new skills, and ultimately experience some organizational discomfort as modern aspirations often conflict with institutional legacy. It is now understood that innovation goes hand-in-hand with organizational change. So how might our partners in the philanthropic community help empower this type of institutional transformation? How might funders help us begin to operationalize the ongoing, ever-changing practice of innovation to take it from an uncomfortable add-on and turn it into a vital element of museum sustainability? In what ways would the sector be better served if the project-based funding cycle could be transcended and museum professionals were given the skill-sets and capacity to embrace this type of change through consistent, ongoing and evolving iteration? In this session, notable members of the cultural philanthropic community will discuss issues, opportunities, trends and strategies that impact innovation-focused funding.


Type of Session
60-Minute Professional Session
Session Leader : Eric Longo, Executive Director, MCN
Co-Presenter : Jeffrey Inscho, Studio Director, Innovation Studio at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Co-Presenter : Chris Barr, Director, Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation
Co-Presenter : Paula Marincola, Executive Director, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Co-Presenter : Lisa Schermerhorn, Deputy Director, Samuel H. Kress Foundation