New Audiences in a Changing World Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol, and an audience is electrified. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

This is one section of a report from the Center for the Future of Museums. See Museums and Society 2019 for the executive summary and links to the other sections.

The Challenge:Edit

With the spread of the epidemic Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ReDS) and the catastrophic environmental changes that have effected communities throughout the world, museums face enormous challenges as well as enormous opportunities. This influx of political, environmental and economic refuges has caused considerable conflict and strained community cohesion.

How can museums help economically fragile new residents build stable lives?Edit

How can museums assist their communities in coping with refugees fleeing ecological or economic disasters?Edit

What can museums do to comfort and support people whose lives have been drastically disrupted?Edit