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Can art help us be more inclusive and accessible?

16 March 2022
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Diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility are put in focus within the museum field. What could be done for museums to become more inclusive and embrace more diversity? Could art be the way? Could it help establish a better and more human centered relationship with the community, allowing museums to become more inclusive and accessible spaces? Or could the lack of diversity and non-inclusive behaviours the art field is sometimes accused of, pose more difficulties?

In this session we will discuss art as a field allowing voices to speak up and offering opportunities for others to listen, and how the basic nature of art could help museums being more inclusive and accessible.

Meet our guest for this session

Our invited guest for the second session is Michael Bradke. Michael has been making music ever since childhood. He studied musical science, ethnology and pedagogy, percussion, double bass and singing at the university level. He has been active as an educator for many years, introducing music making and the art of music to disadvantaged children and young people in drug prevention programs, art academies for young people and museums.

Michael Bradke has been visiting places all over the world since 1993 with his collections, sound sculptures and exhibitions. It was his great honor to perform at the Children's Festival of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and to receive the German Culture for Children Award in 2000.


Art and science collaborations

The community of science centres and museums have shown that working alongside scientists and researchers can be successful, rewarding and impactful, but many public engagement practitioners are also keen to collaborate with artists. What does art bring to the table? How can we set up successful collaborations between those two worlds? And most importantly, what do our institutions' audiences think of the outcomes?