Continuing Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s partner program with the UNIQLO clothing brand, founder of, and museummaker at, Museale Zaak and Heritage 2.0, Theo Meereboer will tell how Museums can become more socially purposeful and work on sustainable development goals (SDG), based on their identity and core values.
Whether we look at it globally, regionally or locally, museums nowadays not only have a responsibility to safeguard works of art and offer a place to have conversations about culture and heritage, but need to take action to become socially purposeful. That means not only working on informal education in addition to what schools can offer, or work on accessibility for people with special needs. It also means developing programs together with diverse stakeholders, based on both life values and economic value. Therefore museums need to understand how their identity incorporates these values and how they can develop sustainable programs together with their stakeholders and sponsors to contribute to, for instance, social needs, environmental developments or economic activity.