THE INCLUSIVE MUSEUM
BROADENING THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
ATHENS, 26 NOV 2015
THESSALONIKI, 27 NOV 2015
Museums are increasingly a space for discussion, reflection, movement, creativity, participation, and personal and professional growth. Ambitious speaker programmes give a cross-disciplinary background to works in their collections. Apps and other digital features help recruit the next generation of museum-goers. Worldwide, museums and other cultural organizations are taking advantage of their often enviable spaces to host studio courses, innovation labs, and even yoga classes.
As museums become more active players in their communities, audiences speak up more. In Manchester, UK, the Whitworth has made the community part of the organization’s artistic and creative mission, handing authority and ownership to visitors —and as a result it received the Artfund Museum of the Year award in 2015. In New York, the New Museum, which is the city’s only dedicated contemporary art museum, has addressed civic and economic issues with the IDEAS CITY festival and the NEW INC entrepreneurship incubator for artists, designers, and technology professionals. The arts program at Bloomberg Philanthropies helps institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History attract new audiences with beautifully designed digital content such as the 82nd and Fifth app for iPad. At the fifth annual Museum Conference, museum and cultural professionals from Greece, the U.S. and the UK will examine how museums and other cultural organisations can engage with diverse audiences and drive changes in society.