Engaging Teens with the Vilnius City Museum
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by Jim Richardson
13h ago
Engaging teenagers in museums is a universal challenge. How can these institutions transform into spaces that teenagers genuinely want to visit? More importantly, how can museums make teenagers feel that these spaces reflect their interests and welcome their participation? The Vilnius City Museum has addressed this challenge with an innovative approach, potentially serving as an inspiration for other museums. A Fresh Perspective on Local History Vilnius City Museum, a relatively new institution, offers a fresh perspective on the city’s past and present. The museum focuses on original research ..read more
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The Casa Batlló Apprenticeship Programme
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by Jim Richardson
13h ago
In the heart of Barcelona, Casa Batlló stands as a Gaudi masterpiece and a vibrant training ground for future heritage professionals. With its flowing lines, vibrant colours, and organic forms, Casa Batlló is a visual feast that captures the imagination of visitors from around the world. Yet, beyond its aesthetic allure, Casa Batlló has become a hub for educational and professional development through its innovative apprenticeship programme, which began in 2019. A Gaudi Masterpiece as a Learning Hub Casa Batlló, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, is celebrated for its architectural bril ..read more
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Enhancing Lives Through Art: QAGOMA’s Art and Dementia Programme
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by Jim Richardson
13h ago
In the bustling heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Centre Precinct, alongside the serene Brisbane River, lies the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). This institution, spanning two adjacent buildings, is not just a repository of art but a beacon of innovative community engagement. At the forefront of this is QAGOMA’s Art and Dementia programme, a therapeutic initiative designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with dementia and their care partners. As Debbie Brittain, a project officer with QAGOMA’s learning team, explains, this programme is built on evidence-ba ..read more
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The Power of Collaborative Programming
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by Jim Richardson
4d ago
Malay Heritage Centre uses cultural objects in its storytelling to engage with audiences and ensures that the branding of the museum is clearly presented when showcasing programmes at venue partner locations. MuseumNext headed to Singapore for an insightful chat with Shereen Tan, Senior Manager of Outreach and Education at the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC). Currently overseeing the school outreach and educational initiatives at the museum, she outlines her approach to collaborative programming at the MHC during a period when the museum itself is closed for refurbishment. First opened in June ..read more
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The Peale: Building Skills and Changing Lives
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by Jim Richardson
4d ago
Nestled in the heart of Baltimore, The Peale, Baltimore’s Community Museum, stands as a testament to the city’s rich history and its ongoing commitment to community engagement and education. From its origins as the first purpose-built museum in the Americas, The Peale has continuously reinvented itself, embodying resilience and innovation. Today, under the leadership of Nancy Proctor, Chief Strategy Officer and founding director, The Peale is more than a museum but a dynamic teaching institution fostering cultural innovation and workforce development. A Legacy of Innovation and Adaptation The ..read more
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Stedelijk Museum Schiedam’s Pioneering Exhibition on Poverty
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by Jim Richardson
4d ago
In the heart of the Dutch city of Schiedam, where one in six children grows up in poverty, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, a pillar of the community, has embarked on a transformative journey. Their exhibition ‘Out of Poverty’ is not just about viewing art; it is a lifeline woven through the canvas of real-life stories. By merging art history with pressing social issues, the museum exemplifies how cultural institutions can foster community engagement and address contemporary challenges. Introduction to the Initiative Dorien Theuns, the museum’s city programmer, and Merel van de Vaart, the city h ..read more
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How a Historic Home Sparks Community Conversations
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by Jim Richardson
1w ago
Installation view, Yinka Shonibare, Party Time: Re-imagine America in Dining Room, 2023 and 1885. Photo by Stephen K. Johnson The Newark Museum of Art, located in the bustling heart of Newark, New Jersey, stands as a beacon of cultural richness and diversity. Under the visionary leadership of its director and CEO, Linda C. Harrison, the museum has embarked on a transformative journey. A recent $12 million restoration of the John and Jeanette Ballantine House epitomizes the museum’s dedication to making history relevant to its diverse community. This ambitious project transcends mere preserva ..read more
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Transforming Community Engagement in Unexpected Spaces
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by Jim Richardson
1w ago
When you think of a museum, a bustling shopping center might not be the first place that comes to mind. But for the Migration Museum in London, this unconventional setting has proven to be a fertile ground for innovative community engagement and storytelling. At MuseumNext Live, Aditi Anand, the Artistic Director of the Migration Museum, passionately described their mission: “We consider ourselves as creating Britain’s Missing Museum. It’s shocking that we don’t have a museum that reflects how migration has shaped who we are as individuals and as a nation.” Established as a project over a dec ..read more
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Insights from the My First Smartphone Festival 2024 at Beeld & Geluid
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by Jim Richardson
1M ago
Photography by Max Kneefel In today’s digital age, museums are exploring new frontiers as they seek to address the evolving role of technology in society. Recently, The Netherlands Institute of Sound & Vision (Beeld & Geluid) hosted the inaugural My First Smartphone Festival 2024, an innovative event aimed at exploring the intersection of childhood, technology, and media literacy, specifically tailored to smartphone usage. Beeld & Geluid is the institute for media culture; an inspiring, creative and accessible meeting place for private individuals and professionals. We interpret ..read more
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How Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums supports mental health and recovery
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by Jim Richardson
1M ago
Clara Shield, Programme Lead for Wellbeing for the Communities team at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, explains how her team is working to support mental health and addiction recovery through cultural spaces. With a background in creative youth and community work, supporting individuals and groups to explore identity, story and wellbeing in a creative way, Clara Shield now leads the delivery of creative heritage workshops within clinical and community mental health care settings for Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Fundamentally, these efforts centre on welcoming and connecting people ..read more
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