Friday, Panel 1, 302 BORUM ESHØJ 09:00 - 10:30


Finding Joy in the midst of COVID-19: Museum Case Studies in the United States

Patricia Filippini

Baylor University, Waco, U.S.A.


Keywords: Interactive, Inspiring, Reflective, Practical

The COVID-19 pandemic posed many challenges as museum closures were necessary for several months.  Despite these closures, many museum faculty and staff members began to creatively approach the museum’s role in community life by creating a variety of online programming options, brainstorming and then implementing ideas on how to use spaces in a pandemic safe manner, and reinventing the museum to help their neighbors in need.  Analyzing the findings from interviews of museum faculty and staff in museums in the United States, what can these case studies show us about how to create joy amid stress and difficulty?  After sharing the case studies from the United States, ICOM participants will be invited to share their own experiences to see what programs and online resources were successful during the pandemic and how those programs have continued.  Which programs were successful in creating joy during the pandemic?  Which were not?  This interactive session will be a time to reflect, learn and share experiences. 

Presentation Patricia Filippini