I’m back from Helsinki where I was invited by Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) to help produce and oversee an intense week-long framework for young people in Helsinki to take over 6 specific museums.
Young people think up new ways of working #munmuseo events
Young people between 16-20 years of age and art museums in Helsinki will be working together to find new ways for the youngsters to embrace the art museums´ artistic content and facilities.
The establishments involved are Amos Anderson Art Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, Design Museum, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, thirty youngsters employed by the City of Helsinki and six youth workers coaching the youngsters. The munmuseo project run by the City of Helsinki Youth Department co-operation of the British Creativity, Culture and Education organization. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: helsinki, museums, takeover, young people
‘But museums are free!’ I hear you say.
Yes, but many nationals and mostly in London (with exceptions). I live in lovely Shropshire where the story is very different. And my experience is the same in many rural areas.
While this has been a topic for quite awhile the recent decision by the Field Museum in Chicago has made the topic come to light again.
Why don’t museums/galleries give free entrance to local people?
This is a question I kept asking when Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery opened in April 2014 after being closed for 5 years for renovations and costing £10.7 million (£200,000 more than originally budgeted and delayed by 3 years) and then (after tax payers monies contributing to the renovation) they had the gall to charge an entrance fee – something they had said they would not do when asking for votes of approval.Tags: entrance fee, museums, Teens in Museums, transportation, young people