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Museums, Cultural Institutions, and Social Impact

Cultural organizations and museums are increasingly concerned with how they impact society. Gain an understanding of the creative ways that arts and museum professionals engage this emerging tendency, and explore the resulting changes to professional opportunities in the arts and cultural sphere. This shift is being driven by individual donors, large grantmakers, civic entities, diverse audiences, and grassroots advocates who increasingly measure arts and cultural success through a social-change and common-good lens. Through case studies and creative exercises, learn what it takes to embrace these shifts and to connect new sources of funding with innovative forms of practice, such as soft power, creative placemaking, and collective impact. In this online course, explore how specific professional paths are creatively adapting to assert social impact, ranging from arts and museum administration, curatorial work, collections, digital engagement, fundraising and development, exhibit and media design, education, and public programs and outreach.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how museums can and do impact society
  • Tools for creating and implementing opportunities at cultural institutions for social impact and change

Ideal for

  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
  • Nonprofit administrators and public sector employees
  • Community organizers
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