Rethink cultural venues

Theme of Museum Connections 2023

How to address wider audiences and be more inclusive while rethinking the formats and functions of the cultural place, in particular through cross-fertilization between sectors and between different types of institutions?

Different issues will be discussed at the "INSPIRATION CONFERENCES" area next January 17-18:

The show Program details will soon be available on MyMuseumConnections.Β 

Museums & β€œcare”: what’s new

Although cultural venues have been collaborating for many years with the medico-social sector, their therapeutic function in terms of mental health is now being deployed in new forms and on a larger scale.

The cultural place is called to become more and more a space where β€œto heal oneself through the art of the wounds of the soul” (Adeline Rispal, 2018). Architecture, neurosciences, psychology, plastic arts, mediation etc. are putting together their knowledge and experience to co-construct the cultural place as a β€œcare space” (Hamish Robertson, 2015).

What are the new trends in the β€œcaring museum”?

This conference will address the innovative forms that this interdisciplinary reflection can take and how this mission can transform a cultural project, its functioning and its spaces.

The cultural place as a platform for civic action

A century ago, John Cotton Dana, famous director of American museums and libraries, believed that the main mission of the cultural place was to β€œproduce social benefit”.

Today, in a world in transition, and in the context of the redefinition of the museum, its role within the common space, of β€œliving together”, emerges more than ever.

Beyond cultural programs addressing social and political themes, how can the cultural venue as a whole become a committed player in education and civic action, providing visitors of all ages with the keys to become a more informed and more responsible citizens?

Young audiences: new spaces and experiences

In a living environment today dominated by digital technology and faced with a rise in eco-anxiety observed among young people, cultural and scientific institutions can play a more important role than ever and thus deepen their connection with their communities.

The impact of ambitious tailor-made programs on the personal and professional development of young people has been widely demonstrated. To meet this crucial societal need, large-scale systems such as “museum schools“, dedicated “Education centers” are taking place in museums, and long-term programs, participatory or aimed at training young people in with the professions of the institution, have developed.

What are the new trends and good practices today that make it possible to rethink the link of the institution to the younger generations and to have a positive impact?

This theme will be devoted, on one hand to children and on the other hand to adolescents.

Fundamentally rethinking the refugees' welcome in cultural venues

Mass population displacements, linked in particular to armed conflicts and climate change, are considered to be one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Faced with the burning news, how should cultural venues rethink their social responsibility in the light of these issues?

Transformation into emergency aid center or real hub of welcome and inclusion, innovation in terms of actions and media for mediation and communication, cultural programming and reflection on collections, this conference will offer a tour of horizon of the responses provided and will question, beyond the emergency measures, what strategies to adopt in the long term.

Reinventing formats to address new audiences

Inspired by the traditional model of the traveling circus, institutions are multiplying original initiatives allowing them to go outside their walls and meet the public.

Whether digital or IRL (In Real Life), what are the innovative forms of nomadic culture and how do they make it possible to concretize commitments to cultural democratization?

How, through these initiatives embodied by itinerancy, to establish a lasting relationship with the public and anchor themselves in the communities?

Metaverse & tourism: source of inspiration for the sector​

In the wake of the transformation of Facebook into Meta, many sectors, including tourism, have begun to take over the metaverse.

Possibility of making dream trips to the four corners of the planet from your living room while reducing your carbon footprint, therapeutic travel for people deprived of mobility… A brief overview of the destinations that have begun to position themselves on this new playground of the tourism industry, a potential source of inspiration for cultural venues.