When invited to make a statement I’d like to be true in the future, I often offer a vision of America in which “any child can choose to go to school in a museum.” Today’s guest post by Katherine Kelbaugh shares progress towards my preferred future. Katherine is the Executive Director of the National Association of Museum Schools (NAMS) and of the Museum School of Avondale Estates in Georgia and has partnered with CFM on our explorations of museums and education over the years. NAMS held its first conference in 2015, with funding from the Georgia Department of Education and support from IMLS, and now has incorporated as an independent nonprofit. Katherine also served as a sounding board for the chapter exploring museums’ role as essential educational infrastructure in this year’s edition of TrendsWatch.
— Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums