Young Patrons programs at museums and cultural organizations are hard.
Turnover is ever-present, budgets are tight, and attention spans are low.
I hosted a cocktail party in Manhattan on Monday night on behalf of Museum Hack to gather individuals who manage Young Patrons or Young Members programs. The goal is to get together and share ideas so we can all succeed together.
Watch the video above (or see it here on YouTube) to hear how the event went and see a little behind-the-scenes action.
We had attendees from esteemed New York City museums and cultural establishments attend such as:
- Carnegie Hall
- Lincoln Center
- The Frick Collection
- Brooklyn Museum
- Apollo Theater
Attendees had job titles like:
- Development Manager
- Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships
- Manager of Individual Giving
- Senior Manager of Events and Fundraising
- Membership Manager
Everyone swapped stories and best practices over drinks and icebreakers.
Group Brainstorming Workshop
We did a mini-workshop where we split into teams to discuss two real problems that our colleagues are facing:
- How to deal with membership churn?
- How to propose innovative event ideas when there is internal staff resistance?
I want to do it again soon! Email me if you know someone we should invite next time.
- Video filmed on my phone during event: Testimonial: Young Patrons Programs in NYC
- An Escape Room To Escape The Mundane: Case Study At ASU
- How To Sell Out Your Museum’s Next Event (Case Study: Florida Museum Of Natural History)
- See more about Museum Hack’s work with institutions here