Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

MA Museum Professions


Communication and the Arts


Juergen Heinrichs, Ph.D.


museums, nonprofits, collaboration, art, management, business


This thesis proposes a model of increased collaboration among museums as an alternative to the commercialization of the museum field. Through a combination of internal and external factors, museums are finding it necessary to operate in a manner akin to that of commercial enterprises. This trend threatens to undermine the cultural and educational mission of museums. At the same time, the ability of museums to carry out their missions necessarily depends on a solid financial base. Collaboration, whether in the form of consortia or consolidated institutions, provides an avenue whereby museums can not only make more economical use of their resources, but do so in a manner that also furthers their work as cultural institutions.