It’s something we’re all too used to – funding cuts & threats in the culture sector. Whether it’s museums, libraries, art galleries or theatres (and everything in between), culture seems to have been the easy hit for most of the people with the purse strings.
It’s been happening globally for more years than necessary and recently the new American administration has threaten NEA, PBS and other vital funding streams many of the museums and art galleries in the states rely on to survive. [NB See #ThankyouIMLS #StandUpForMuseums #SaveTheNEA #SaveTheNEH and #ThankyouNEH]
As many may or may not know @CultureThemes was created purely out of the funding cuts that happened in the UK. While it was great for many museums (and social media managers) to discuss what this meant, it was vital that the conversations were open for all (eg young people and other ‘groups’ that are hard to reach, etc). The first hashtag with CultureThemes was ‘WhyILoveMuseums’ and went world trending – why? Because people do love museums and art galleries but we need to ASK THEM every once in awhile WHY. This goes for staff also!
Recently I decided to do the same thing in a subtle way. (Any sadly the day I asked it my phone broke so apologies for the delay in getting this shared).
For the Twitter & Instagram responses I was able to do a Storify which you can find at the bottom of this article or link is here. For those that prefer infographics, there’s a free site for that …The over-arching ideas is for museums to share stories from past, present and the future. Being there for the next generation to learn from is also highlighted.Tags: funding cuts, International, museums, social media, what are museums for