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Nancy Proctor
Nancy Proctor

The Museum as Start-up

VALA2016 PLENARY SESSION 5
Thursday 11 February 2016, 9:00 - 10:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2016-proceedings/vala2016-plenary-5-proctor

Nancy Proctor

Baltimore Museum of Art

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Abstract

The museum business model is broken: overly dependent on the largess of a dying breed of philanthropists and unable to demonstrate impact and social value to younger, civic-minded audiences, museums risk sinking into irrelevance as well as bankruptcy. With unique constraints that would daunt the most bullish of investors, museums cannot be run like typical consumer-serving businesses. But in this discussion of the future and sustainability of the museum model, Nancy Proctor will ask how museums might reboot in the “era of the citizen” as “lean start-ups”: agile, iterative, and entrepreneurial in nature.

 

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