A Cultural Crossroads

Museum director and author Jack Lohman issues a warning about the future of our cultural institutions — and why they matter to increasingly cosmopolitan and multicultural societies:

We have entered another Churchillian “period of danger,” but one of an unprecedented nature. We live in an age of profound cultural transition, a time in which the complexity of our multicultural world confronts us with challenges that have taken on an urgency and intensity quite unlike anything we have experienced in history. It is a time when hardly any of our public institutions are free from having to undergo deep soul-searching as to their meaning and their role.

F&O is pleased to excerpt an essay from Lohman’s recent book in F&O’s Expert Witness series: Museums at the Crossroads: a Future for Cultural Institutions. The piece is free to the public at the author’s request.

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