What:The Future of Museums with Brent Glass
Mark Von Holden/Smithsonian ChannelWhere: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University—The Auditorium, 1st Floor
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
When: Wednesday, Aprill 11th | 7 p.m.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
More Information: 215-895-1029 or visit http://www.drexel.edu/westphal
As we enter a new era driven by the rapid evolution of technology, museum operations and management will be forced to adapt while at the same time balancing traditional roles as collection and preservation institutions.
The Future of Museums, featuring Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, will examine prospects and offer recommendations for successful museum management in the 21st Century.
Glass will lead a discussion on the role of museums in this new era, what partnerships, and strategic advantages and opportunities are necessary to remain effective and, most importantly, how do museums continue in their traditional role as research institutions when faced with dwindling economic resources.
As director of the National Museum of American History, Glass led a two-year, $87 million renovation and development of 20 new exhibitions for the 2008 reopening, including the major exhibitions on The Star-Spangled Banner; Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life and On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, and 80 public programs and 2,500 theater performances. Since 2008, more than 13 million people visited the Institution, a 50% increase over previous years and the Museum's web site has an additional 8 million visitors.
Before joining the Smithsonian, Glass served from 1987-2002 as executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, managing the largest and most comprehensive state history program in the country, with 25 historical sites and museums, State Archives, State Museum, the State Historic Preservation Office, public history programs and historical publications.
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