The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE)
Nineteen years after the publication of Excellence and Equity - the 1992 statement by the American Association of Museums about what museums should be - changing demographics, competition for leisure time, rapidly advancing technology, and a shifting economic climate have altered the 21st century cultural dynamic.
Museums can no longer depend entirely on public and private philanthropy for financial support. Instead, successful museum leaders must learn to use their own resources and ingenuity to recognize opportunities that increase revenue and ensure self-sustainability. Leaders also must develop business acumen and be responsive to the needs of the community they serve in terms of programming and partnerships.
The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum Leaders (ICE)is a dynamic four-day experience that immerses participants in the world of nonprofit entrepreneurship training through case studies and skill building exercises that contribute to creative idea generation. Follow-up webinars keep students connected with mentors and one another to help them become the agents of change that 21st century museums demand.
The training sessions are designed to serve as catalysts that challenge traditional models of museum work in innovative and creative ways. The Institute at Cooperstown is a collaborative program of the nationally recognized Cooperstown Graduate Program in museum studies, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA).
To learn more, please visit the Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum Leaders website.