New challenges, New inspirations.
Each year, the ICOM Advisory Committee proposes a theme that can be interpreted by museums to increase their stakes at the core of society.
The suggested theme for 2012 is Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations.
Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background.
Museums in a Changing World is recognition that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid. Each may face a unique set of goals, interests and audiences. But the necessity to thrive in the face of these changes is something that binds all institutions, large and small. Thus, IMD2012 is as much about museums growing and shaping their future, as it is about displaying and interpreting issues like climate change and new electronic media.
To assist you in connecting meaningfully with the theme, here are five topics on which you can build your specific programming. The topics are: