Four years ago I was approached by Cécile Marsan to participate as special advisor in a European research project about creativity in museums. The proposed research was action-based – learning by doing – and the partners came from France, Ireland, the UK, Norway, Finland, Italy and Croatia, as well as the United States (my fellow special advisor Don Undeen). This month, the final meeting took place in Lyon. Time for a wrap-up!
The Creative Museum Project kicked off with a mapping of good practices from across the world about the collaboration between creative communities and museums. Within the project, I interpreted creative practice as the act of involving creative communities (e.g. makers, artists, or active citizens) in core functions of the museum, such as storytelling, exhibition design, research, etc. What we found, was a high quantity and diversity of creative practice in cultural institutions. There are many ways in which museums are opening up their collections and buildings to new audiences. Many of them are guided by notions of a participatory museum, technological innovations or simply a desire to be more audience-cantered.
We found something similar when (as a spin off of the project), we mapped cases of participatory governance in cultural heritage. There are sufficient cases of institutions that genuinely involve their audience, all for their own reasons. Continue ReadingRead More »