The shift to a more participative society
The New Citizenship Project advocates for the trend from consumers, a role that developed in the 20th century, to 21st century citizens. This shift influences how we see ourselves – reactive or taking an active role – as well as how we treat others – whether we ‘sell’ to them or offer ways to participate in our institutions and society as a whole. A compelling idea.
At Tate we worked with NCP on the future of membership project, how to move from a transactional to a more connected, participative relationship with Tate Members.
How can you give more by going deeper?
An inspiring blog post by Bernadette Jiwa on her The Story of Telling blog about creating value by going deeper rather than cheaper: http://thestoryoftelling.com/more-vs-deeper/
To consider what creates value is especially relevant if we think of price – often the value side of the equation gets forgotten when prices are discussed.
A wonderful quote about the difference of diversity and inclusion.
“Diversity is being invited to the party.
Inclusion is being invited to dance.”
A quote by diversity advocate Verna Myers, which I found in a Harvard Business Review article about the importance of inclusion.
“We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in common than what we think?”
Diversity and inclusion are beautifully brought to life in this film by Danish TV about overcoming our biases to connect as humans.
Tate is taking a new approach to activate audiences through art
Tate Exchange is…
“A space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art.”
It further developes the Tate brand from democratising access to art, later provoking dialogue about art, to now activating people through art.
The annual Tate Exchange programme brings together artists, partners from within and beyond the arts, and audiences. With its main hub in the new Tate Modern it also spans activities at the other galleries and has a digital strand. The theme in its first year is exchange itself.
In the initial months Tate led programme with artists and the public, now the partners from the arts, health, education and charitable sectors take over and run a participatory programme of workshops, activities and debates.
Art not for arts sake but art to trigger thoughts, emotions, conversations and more about life – an inspiring new approach by Tate. I can’t wait to hear more about how it is going.
When Hustling Tickets and Contributions is Just Not Cutting it Anymore
A thought-provoking keynote by Diana Ragsdale about how embracing the market will move arts organisations further away from meaningfully connecting with communities. She calls for transformative engagement “meaning engagement with the community that changes the way your organization thinks and what it does”and offers 5 ways to achieve this:
- Let the community back in.
- Practice radical hospitality.
- Be the kitchen table, be the camp fire.
- Focus on impact rather than size.
- Create scaffolds of meaning-making rather than money-making.
She suggests to ponder this question sometime:
“What are you laboring for that transcends your organization and your position within it—what values, goals, or progress in the world? Indeed, what are we all laboring for in the arts? What’s the change we want to see?”
Why what happens ‘out there’ is as important to museums as what happens ‘in here’
A wonderful talk about the opportunities for museums in increasingly divisive societies: Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust at MuseumNext New York in November 2016.
Museums have the opportunity to “…be a midwife for a common story to emerge that puts the defence of global connection, racial tolerance and gender equality at its heart”.