The Please Touch Museum has been asking itself those questions for a year, now. While its primary function has been closed for a year, Wellenbach has been thinking critically about the organization’s mission and operations.
“We started in the fall with an initiative called Project Next, where we’ve been thinking about the Please Touch Museum in the future,” she said. “We’ve really come to understand and appreciate that we are the third place for learning: home, school, museum. What does that mean in a post-pandemic world?”
The strategic planning of Project Next is expected to go on for several more months as Wellenbach and her staff consider how the museum can address issues like economic inequality, food insecurity, social equity, and racial justice.
“Your children learn about these things at a very early age,” she said.
Although the pandemic…