Museum Leadership Forum at InterActivity 2018

Social Issues: What is Ours to Do?

Tuesday, May 15 • 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for this free program limited to open museums. Forum registrants must be registered for InterActivity 2018. As a museum's response to social issues requires organizational buy-in—from board to front-line staff—museums are encouraged to participate in teams of up to three including its CEO.

Over the past year, a number of highly visible social issues have challenged our core values as a field, begging the question, what can and should we do? This forum will foucs on how children's museums are responding and can respond to pressing social issues including poverty, education, race, and healthy—while staying true to their missions. The forum will be facilitated by Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director, Association of Children's Museums.


Welcome and Introductions

Overview of Children's Museums and Social Issues

This session will situate children's museums historically as direct products of the progressive education movement as well as the influence of the United Nations Rights of the Child in 1959 and 1989. The session will also explore the various roles that children's museums play in their communities.

What Is "Ours" to Do?

There will be a short share out of top issues seen in our communities, prioritized by children's museums as "ours" to respond to and examples from children's museum representative.

Defining "Our" Approach to Issues

Attendees Will split into smaller groups to discuss one of the top issues with with a set of guiding questions. The session will end with a report out from each group.

Planning Our Action on Social Issues

Museum teams will regroup to document ideas they heard and complete an action plan worksheet.

Wrap Up and Reflection


There is a separate registration form/questionnaire for the Museum Leadership Forum in addition to InterActivity 2018 registration.