In a world constantly stirred by social, political and economic challenges, cultural entities with an interest in the common good are called upon to think deeper into their role and impact in society. A genuine need to become active players in the community and appeal to a wider public leads cultural organizations to address matters like diversity, inclusiveness, innovation, creativity and participation.
Several questions arise: Are museums about objects or about people? Are performing centers about theater and dance, or are they about civic engagement? What are the imaginative and strategic elements that create wholesome experiences for people? As economic sustainability becomes an issue, how can museums re-engage with their communities and tackle changing demographics? Do cultural organizations have a role in bringing people together? Who owns museums?
The 5th Museum Day-Conference, co-organized by the Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the British Council, will examine such matters. Prominent speakers from Greece, the U.S. and the U.K. will share ideas and insights on how museums, cultural entities and initiatives can function as change agents in society.