I'm a firm believer that museums are for everyone, and as a result Museumpalooza aspires to give everyone – even "not museum people" – a non-traditional starting point to learn about these organizations by approaching museums, and the cool stuff inside of them, from a variety of different perspectives and contexts.
One of my great ambitions in life is to learn a little bit about everything. Perhaps that's why museums appeal to me so much – so many centuries' worth of knowledge, discoveries, perspectives and achievements, all in the same place.
But the world of museums – indeed, the world of nonprofit arts organizations – is changing, and it's changing fast. Museums in particular are facing serious long-term problems with murky solutions, including:
- Less-than-stellar visitor turnout from millennials and people of color.
- Long-term financial stability in the face of proposed cuts to government funding.
- Increased competition from all the other sources of entertainment we enjoy – from Netflix to amusement parks, and everything in between – for people's time, interest and fundraising dollars.
Of course, the best way to obtain people's time, interest and fundraising dollars is to convince them that your product is important, that it has meaning and significance and is worthy of their interest.
And that's all this project is, really – a way to make museums of all kinds relevant to of all kinds people, and a reminder to those who already share my museum-loving sentiments just how interesting and fun these places are.
Overall, Museumpalooza aspires to give everyone – even self-proclaimed "not museum people" – a non-traditional starting point to learn about museums by approaching them (and the cool stuff inside of them) from a variety of different perspectives and contexts.