In 2021, institutions are trying to do whatever they can to keep their doors open, while wrestling with staff shortages, budget cuts and a stronger awareness of their own environmental responsibility. When taking into account the high cost, risk and environmental impact of exhibitions, is there a more sustainable way for museums to bring people back into their institutions? Can they continue to rely on high performing big-ticket touring shows for income? What about smaller museums that can't afford these exhibits in the first place? Is there a more economically and environmentally sustainable way forward?

In this webinar, we will debate the importance of touring exhibitions while discussing sustainability, hyper-locality and the reality of making ends meet for museums in their current reality.

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Maxwell L. Anderson - President, Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership

Max Anderson earned an A.B. with highest distinction in art history at Dartmouth College (1977), and A.M. (1978) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, he served for seven years as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1981-87), followed by almost thirty years as the director of five art museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Dallas Museum of Art. Max has served since 2016 as President of Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership, which is dedicated to promoting the work of Black artists from the South, and supporting their communities by fostering economic empowerment, racial and social justice, and educational advancement He is the author of dozens of articles and books, and was knighted by both the Italian and French Republics.

Hillary Spencer- Chief Executive Officer, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Hillary Spencer has more than 20 years of leadership experience in museums creating spaces that welcome diverse voices and serve the community, while implementing strategic business plans to ensure organisational success. She has extensive experience in business development with a global network, focusing on traveling exhibitions and resource exchange. She is a thought leader in educational leadership and is an active voice in the future of museums.

Johanna Rietveld - Founder, Art/Switch

Johanna Rietveld is the Founder and Co-Director of the NYC/Amsterdam-based nonprofit Art / Switch. Started in 2019, Art / Switch facilitates and accelerates a climate conscious shift in the arts. As an international hub and idea foundry, we bring together art professionals and academia to share new knowledge and existing experiences, network and publish.

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