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2017 Statewide Arts Conference
No Time Like the Future

Opening Keynote Speaker


We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Merritt as our opening keynote speaker.



Elizabeth Merritt

Vice President, Strategic Foresight

Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums

American Alliance of Museums


Elizabeth Merritt

Believing that museums can change the world, Elizabeth Merritt is devoted to helping museums create a brighter future for their communities. As founding director of the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums, she applies the tools of strategic foresight to the nonprofit realm.


Ms. Merritt conducts trends forecasting and scenario development for museums, sharing her work through publications, social media and presentations. She is the author of CFM’s annual TrendsWatch report and produces the weekly e-newsletter Dispatches from the Future of Museums. She frequently keynotes at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. In recent years, her work has expanded to encompass libraries, orchestras and opera as well.


She earned her B.S. from Yale and an M.A. in cell and molecular biology from Duke University, and has trained in futures studies at the University of Houston.




About the 2017 Conference

For more information, please contact Joy Young (803-734-8203).