The Inclusive Museum: Broadening the Role of Museums and Cultural Institutions in Society

26 November 2015

Thursday 26 November | 9.00-16.30
Benaki Museum Pireos street | Amphitheatre

In a world constantly facing social, political and economic challenges, cultural entities are increasingly called upon to think more deeply about their role and impact in society. There is a genuine need for cultural organizations to become more active players in the community and appeal to a wider public, in order to address matters like diversity, inclusiveness, innovation, creativity and participation.

The 5th Museum Conference, co-organized by the Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, and the British Council, will focus on these topics. Prominent speakers from Greece, the U.S., and the U.K. will share ideas and insights on how museums and other cultural institutions can function as change agents in society.

Featured speakers include:

Karen Wong, Deputy Director of the New Museum, will speak on the "Ideas City Festival," a collaborative civic and creative enterprise that seeks to explore key issues in modern urban life, propose solutions, and seed concrete actions.

Anita Contini, Head of Arts and Culture at Bloomberg Philanthropies, will discuss how to create cultural programs that are shaped by their audiences, attract funding by donors, and encourage debate on global challenges such as human rights and tolerance.

Esme Ward, Head of Engagement at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester – awarded the prize for the best UK museum in 2014 – will talk about taking creative risks in order to make the community part of the artistic and creative mission of the museum.

Representatives from Greek museums, cultural institutions, and cultural initiatives will also contribute to the discussion.

There will be simultaneous interpretation into Greek and English.
Entry is free, on a first come-first served basis.
From Monday 26 October, preregistration will be available through Eventbrite

The detailed program of the conference will be available online on November 10.
On November 27, the conference will take place in Thessaloniki, at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, 10:00-17:00, in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, the British Council, and the Five Museums' Movement in Thessaloniki. Entry will be free, on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be simultaneous interpretation into Greek and English. Registrations begin at 10:00 am.


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