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CfP: MuseumNext Europe 2018

Since 2009, 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. Every MuseumNext conference has a theme, around which the community comes together to discuss the future of museums. The topic of MuseumNext Europe 2018 is "Disruption". The conference will take place in South Kensington, London, 18 - 20 June 2018. Deadline for submission is 15 December 2017.

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 03, 2017

On a one-way street. The relationship between the national and the international art market in Guatemala

For this interview, our correspondent Lisa Harborth talked to Alexis Rojas, a self-taught Guatemalan artist with an academic background in philosophy that he also transfers to his paintings, for example by using quotes from literary texts. Lisa and Alexis spoke about the arts sector in Guatemala and its mutual relationship with politics and society, the influence of the international art market on local artists and the personal purposes of his art. 

Picture © Alexis Rojas

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 11, 2017

Museomix: Technology, participation and creativity in museums worldwide

Museomix is a creative makeathon held every year, on the same weekend and in different places of the world. It has the intention to change the way people perceive museums by inverting the processes that lead cultural institutions to adopt new devices and technologies. During the three days, the participating museums host communicators, designers, makers, programmers/ developers, experts of collections and cultural mediators. Elena Bertelli from Museomix Italia explains how these professionals together with volunteers and museum staff create a working space in order to design innovative mediation tools – useful to improve visitors’ experience, engage new audiences and help the museum staff to adopt new skills and perspectives.

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Apr 18, 2017

Report: NEMO Annual Conference 2016. Let’s make museums great again!

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. 

Management Topic: Financing & Sponsorship
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Dec 08, 2016

CfP: Museum Ideas 2017 - share pioneering ideas

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. 

Management Topic: Miscellaneous
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 23, 2016

Conference report: Communicating the Museum, Berlin 2016

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. 

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 24, 2016

More knowledge by friends. About the DMA Friends program and how to use “friendly“ information

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. 

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 11, 2016

Museum Friends Associations: Membership and Fundraising Models in Evolution

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

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 06, 2016

Upcoming NEMO Conference on the (monetary) Value of Museums

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”. 

Management Topic: Financing & Sponsorship
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 26, 2016

Provincial, and Yet International. Museum Work in Liechtenstein

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. 

Management Topic: Event & Venue Management
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Jun 21, 2016