This year’s Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) conference took place November 10 – 12 at Baden State Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany. 160 Participants from 36 countries came together to exchange about promising approaches on „Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums”. Only a few of them dealt with new funding opportunities in the first place. Instead, the conference opened new perspectives on measurement, cooperation and communication as premisses for a better and long-term financial coverage.
The Museum Ideas conference explores the future of museums in the era of participatory culture and exists to share pioneering ideas and spark transformative change. The sixth annual conference will take place in early October 2017 in London. The conference organisers are particularly interested in new digital initiatives, public engagement, participatory practice and social impact.
For the last seven years MuseumNext conferences have focused on the future of museums and how the sector is forging ahead, showcasing innovative ideas and delivering thought-provoking insight. MuseumNext is a catalyst for innovation, transformation and collaboration in museums, galleries and heritage sites. The European version of MuseumNext will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from June 26th to 28th 2017. The deadline for submission is Friday 6 January 2017.
With the somewhat cryptographic acronym CTM16, the Agenda company organised the Communicating the Museum conference on 12 – 15 July 2016 in Berlin, Germany. As is usual with these conferences, one of their main “raison d'être” – reasons for existing – is the opportunity to inform yourself about the latest developments in a wide ranging of topics – in this case arts communications and fundraising – and to network with like-minded professionals. As such, CTM was able to provide the over 200 participants and 50 speakers from all over the world with plenty of opportunities to do so. All in all, “Communicating the Museum” gave ample food for thought and action to not only museum professionals but other arts institutions as well.
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is committed to knowing its museum visitors better and deepening their connection with the art displayed in its collections and special exhibitions. For over 10 years, the DMA has conducted research using diverse evaluative tools that support the staff in their efforts to better understand the preferences, actions and curiosities of its audiences. Through this increased knowledge, museums gain valuable insight for nurturing relationships between people, art, and museums. This knowledge also leads to increased mission impact in the communities it serves.
This article’s core question is what organizational structures promote functions that are often considered secondary to museums’ scholarly competencies. These operations include revenue generation such as fundraising, meetings and events, museum shops etc. Over the last five decades or so, German friends’ associations have developed organically to fill many of these needs. In the United States, in contrast, museums fulfill these functions themselves, including their membership programs, suggesting an intriguing contrast and lessons to be learned.
Picture: Washington Irving and his Literary Friends at Sunnyside
This year’s conference of the Network of European Museum Organisations NEMO will take place in Germany for the first time for over ten years. On November 10 – 12, the Baden State Museum in Karlsruhe will welcome international experts, museum leaders, staff and organisations to exchange about best practices and new approaches on „Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums”.
Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world and most people connect it to its former status as a tax haven when they think about this small speck of earth in Europe. We spoke with Professor Dr. Rainer Vollkommer, the director of the Liechtenstein State Museum about what it is like to direct a cultural institution with a regional focus in a country that many regard as provincial.
Introducing the EMPHOS Project on Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum and Heritage Organization Professionals
In many European countries, the arts, heritage and cultural sector is supported by or partially subsidized by government. However, due to the economic crisis and cuts in budget, the amount of funds for direct subsidies is decreasing. Some cultural heritage organisations and museums do not have enough funds to sustain themselves. Starting from this assumption, the project “Empowering Museum Professionals and Heritage Organizations Staff by cultural entrepreneurship training and research” (EMPHOS) has the objective to develop the entrepreneurial skills and attitude of museum professionals and cultural heritage organization’s staff, using research, training, networking and exploitation activities.
Call for Chapters: Applying Systems Thinking in Museum Management and Operations. Theory and Practice
Editors: Yuha Jung, PhD, (University of Kentucky) and Ann Rowson Love, PhD (Florida State University). Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield. Systems thinking sees the world as interconnected to and interdependent with all parts. When applied to museums, systems thinking views them as open systems where the whole is bigger than its individuals and departments, and the museum necessarily influences and is influenced by its larger community. Therefore, when museums are run based on this theory, it encourages an organic and teambased network model to operate and manage museums as well as the sharing of ideas internally and externally with communities rather than focusing on compartmentalized systems. This leads to more inclusive, responsive, and relevant practices in museums. The editors are seeking chapters that demonstrate the application of systems thinking in all kinds museums. Abstract Deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016.