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Friday, October 13 • 14:30 - 15:45
Panel: Can Museums Be Better Neighbors?

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A panel of thinkers and doers from the museum world discuss the potential and the pitfalls of museums as placemakers and civic leaders.

Museums are public places that take up prime real estate in most big cities worldwide. But sometimes they can be seen as operating as private clubs for those with the kind of cultural capital possessed only by local and tourist elites.

Do museums have what it takes to transform their assets (a building, operational funding, institutional memory, staff, collections) into truly inclusive places for learning, bridge-building and dialogue within their cities? Can museums activate their soft power in order to become better neighbours? 

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Ngaire Blankenberg

Head of Content and Strategy, Kossmann.dejong Exhibition Architects
For over a decade, Ngaire has been helping museums all over the world to tell stories and create long-lasting, empowering relationships with diverse communities. She serves as co-editor, with Gail Lord, of Cities, Museums and Soft Power (AAM Press 2015) - a selection of essays which... Read More →

avatar for Deirdre Carasso

Deirdre Carasso

Director, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
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Jeffrey Croese

Creative Director, Vinger
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Herman Kossmann

Founder and Creative Director, Kossmann.dejong
Herman is the Founder and Creative Director at Kossmann.dejong, an innovative exhibition architecture firm focused on building narrative environments that connect people, create memories, build skills and make places.
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Sara Mattens

Director, Vinger
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Wayne Modest

Head of Research, Tropenmuseum

Friday October 13, 2017 14:30 - 15:45 CEST
PDZ Floor 2: Meetingroom Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands