The sixth lecture of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s School of Museum Leadership public lecture series. Broadcast in Russian.
Museums have always been vital hubs for engagement, education and inspiration. The Covid-19 crisis has brought into focus the ways museums give meaning and enhance our wellbeing. As we hopefully emerge from the crisis, museums will help us to rebuild trust, re-engage with our communities, and shape fresh perspectives in terms of what we value and how we live our lives. This will be a sensitive and challenging process, where museums will need to show empathy, to listen and learn. But it can also be a process of optimism, an opportunity to create a new type of museum which can help us to rebuild. This lecture will offer examples of how museums are creating new pathways for engagement, navigating between the digital and analogue to provide much-needed safe spaces for community development.
Dr Tom Fleming is a leading international expert on the creative economy, cultural and arts policy and creative cities and regions. His work focuses on advising governments, municipalities and institutions across the world to develop effective research, policy, strategy and action across the creative economy. He has led strategic research projects in every region, with a particularly strong track record in Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. As Director of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC), which he set up in 2002, Dr Fleming leads an interdisciplinary and multi-lingual team which is delivering multiple projects across the world. He has led many research, strategy and evaluation programmes in over 60 countries and 300 cities and regions. Dr Fleming is also an expert adviser to UNESCO — in their Programme to support the 2005 Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions; Chair of the Board for Site Gallery, Sheffield; and is a Trustee of Arts for All (London) and Arts Cabinet (Edinburgh and London).
Moderator: Elena Sobinova, director, Project Initiative; Elena’s professional interests include management of projects and organizations in the cultural sector, strategic planning, regional cultural development.
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PRO ARTE Foundation is the project partner and the programme operator.