What it takes to become a data-informed cultural organisation (1/4)

It’s more than just data

Some great insights into becoming a data-informed cultural organisation can be found in a mini-series of Colleen Dilenschneider, of US research agency Impacts, on her blog.

Her blog on the first step of data collection is out now with some useful explanations of types of research, what to measure and how to get the data.

But data is only the start, of course, and the culture change involved is not to be underestimated. Look out for the other three of the four steps she proposes over the coming weeks: data interpretation, data acceptance and data integration.

Museums and tourist boards at odds over cultural tourism

Interesting findings from a new survey on cultural tourism

Tourism professionals believe investment in arts and culture over the past five years had been the “the key driver in changing the perceptions of their city”. 

However, one in three museums are unlikely to collaborate with tourism brands, and three quarters think a stronger focus on tourism could clash with their educational goals.

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Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum

A new report published by the UK Museum Association

A new report published by the UK Museum Association highlights the challenges of inclusion in museums and gives practical insights and tools for change across a range of themes in short articles by practitioners: Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum

5 Things That Are Everyone’s Job in Cultural Organisations

A great post by Colleen Dilenschneider highlighting the importance of cross-departmental collaboration for developing audiences:

„Putting on a black play doesn’t break down barriers“

Often arts organisations try programming for a specific community to attract it. However, this often doesn’t result in the desired community engagement, because all that wraps around the programme is not considered from that community’s perspective, no dialogue with the community is established and no longer term view taken.

“Putting on a black play doesn’t break down barriers for people who have historically felt un-welcomed in institutions we assume are welcoming communal spaces. Even a great production … doesn’t guarantee folks will have the capacity, the will, or the inspiration to pick up a phone and buy a ticket,” says Joe Wilson Jr., Coordinator of Activism Through Performance at Trinity Repertory Theater (Rhode Island, USA).

The OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network shared this case study about how Trinity Repertory Theatre shifted its thinking about its programming and outreach:

A Mile in My Shoes – The Empathy Museum

A Mile in My Shoes is a travelling museum housed in a giant shoe box. It aims to ‘help us look at the world through other people’s eyes’.

With a focus on storytelling and dialogue, it explores how empathy can not only transform personal relationships, but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality.

You can listen to some of the stories in their podcast.

More here: The Empathy Museum.