COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our industry. Thousands of highly experienced, passionate museum professionals with tremendous expertise are currently unemployed or underemployed. Although separated from their institutions, these professionals believe museums still have the ability to positively contribute to their communities—and many have a desire and a drive to continue to contribute to the field.
Many museums and like-minded institutions are reopening with limited resources and severely reduced staff. To meet the demands of our current world, as well as the imperative for transformation and innovation brought to the forefront by this crisis, cultural institutions will need access to the best and the brightest minds—many of whom are currently available for work.
MuseumExpert.org was created to help address this unique situation. This free service is now live online and ready to connect industry experts with the museum leaders who need them. The site is designed not as a job search, but as a reimagining of how museums and experts can work together in new ways. Museums can search for professionals—locally or internationally—who may be available to help on short-term projects or to fill temporary gaps at a time when making new full-time hires may not be possible.