In June 2019, Gail Anderson in conversation with Micah Parzen, CEO, San Diego Museum of Man discussed the importance of mission and Anderson’s latest publication Mission Matters. Check out this live Online Conversation: Mission Matters with Gail Anderson and Micah Parzen on YouTube hosted by The Museum Group.
Mission Matters makes direct links to external contemporary realities and the need for museums to better position themselves as leaders and change agents in the greater landscape and diversity of people of our times. Features include thought essays by David Fleming from the UK who tackles the importance of mission and social issues, and Charmaine Jefferson who frames the complexities of cultural competence in the 21st century. Twenty museum leaders each share their institution’s story of transformative change tied to reframing their mission. Anderson’s central tool for the book, the Mission Alignment Framework, helps reference the thinking about missions and the subsequent changes within museums as they redirect their work. Eighty US and international mission statements reveal the range of museums from urban and rural to different types of museums, styles of mission all illustrating relevance in a way unique to their location, institutional capacity, resources, and purpose. Complementing these examples are: guidelines about how to rethink mission; a questioning strategy based on the Mission Alignment Framework; and, a range of useful tools from museums and leading thinkers in the field.
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
TMG Online Conversation: Mission Matters with Gail Anderson & Micah Parzen, CEO, San Diego Museum of Man
- The Museum Group hosted this Online Conversation now on YouTube. June 2019
California Association of Museums Conference 2016, Riverside, CA
- Panelist: Just Say No!, a session to help museum professionals understand the power of saying no and why, sometimes, saying no is critical to success. March 2016
American Association of Museums Conference 2016, Washington, D.C.
- Moderator: Stepping Up: The Challenges of Becoming a Museum Director, a discussion with six new museum directors from diverse institutions on their experiences transitioning into a leadership role. May 2016
- Moderator: Workplace Culture Matters, an exploration of the important relationship between a museum’s internal values and its external offerings and the ways that meaningful investments in a values-based culture lead to tangible results.
21st Century Museum Issues Lecture Series: Reinventing the Museum in Eugene, OR
In conjunction with the release of the new edition of her book Reinventing the Museum: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift, Gail Anderson presented a lecture for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Museum Studies program.