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February 4, 2021

Call for articles ICOM VOICES – International Museum Day 2021 ‘The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine’

In April 2020, ICOM Voices launched a special call for articles with a view to fostering collective reflection and dialogue on the impacts of Covid-19 on museums, by exploring and highlighting the solutions they developed through digital channels.

At the dawn of 2021, as the world continues to grapple with this unprecedented health crisis, museums need to go one step further by reinventing themselves. The theme of International Museum Day 2021, ‘The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine’,  is a call for museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of value (co-)creation, new business models for cultural institutions, and innovative solutions for current social, economic and environmental challenges.

In the build up to this inclusive event, the ICOM Voices team is inviting all ICOM members to send proposals for articles that will reflect on today’s social and cultural mutations, while sharing innovative practices that will build tomorrow’s museums. We encourage members to submit proposals in English, French or Spanish on the following key topics:

  • Digital Presence (digitalisation; new tools; ‘hybrid’ models; digital accessibility and capacity; new cultural experiments…)
  • Social Relevance and Sustainability (community; co-creation; intergenerational relations; accessibility; inclusion; education…)
  • New Business Model (financial and economic sustainability; profession and management…)
  • Environmental Sustainability (climate action; climate justice; community activation…)

Articles can be case studies, field reports, book reviews, interviews, exhibition or conference reviews; opinion pieces, etc.


To submit a proposal for ICOM Voices, please log in to your ICOM member space on the ICOM website and click on ‘Submit an article proposal for ICOM Voices’.


Please type a 100-word summary of your piece in the box provided. Full articles (1000 words max.) and personal accounts (700 words max.) sent as an attachment will also be considered.


You can send your proposal in one of the three official languages of ICOM: English, French or Spanish.

Please ensure that your proposal relates to one of the four themes specified above.


The proposals received will be reviewed by the ICOM website editorial team. If your proposal is selected, we will contact you.

You can find guidelines on the submission of full articles and information on the editorial process here.

The ICOM Voices team thanks you all for your contributions.