The ICEE ICFA joint conference provides a unique multicultural and multidisciplinary forum for exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences around four themes:
Cultural Heritage for Social Engagement
Museums, cultural institutions and cultural producers are in a unique position to foster social change in their communities. Through the interpretation and presentation of Cultural Heritage, museums can highlight issues of diversity, inclusion and cultural preservation, creating meaningful experiences that can shed light on important societal issues and be a force for change. Through innovative projects, online or onsite, museums and cultural organizations can make Cultural Heritage more accessible, shaping a more diverse, vibrant and inclusive cultural environment. How can museums maximize the impact of their social engagement? How do you know when your organization has got it right?
Cultural Heritage in the Digital World
New technology, research and science are creating a new paradigm for the presentation of Cultural Heritage in all its forms. Museum professionals must adapt to growing audiences whose primary access to culture is through the digital world. Innovations in technology and new media are facilitating access to culture at a rapid rate. How can museums and cultural institutions adapt to this new reality? What can museum professionals do when institutions are slow to change?
Cultural Heritage, Display and Preservation
What is the curator’s job in an art museum of long and outstanding history, where almost every work of art has its role and position in a presentation of historical growth? Who cares for which kind of tradition: presentation, collection, historical site? Do museum professionals care for the development of presentations rather than monument preservation? Has the importance of a single artwork or even the entire collection changed over the years?
Creating Legacy through Cultural Heritage
Cultural Heritage preserves the world’s legacy for future generations. In this context, fine arts museums play a key role as memory holders, keeping the cultural legacy alive and bringing it to new audiences. Nowadays, fine arts museums and cultural institutions around the world are developing innovative exhibitions that build stronger connections and engage new audiences. Do fine arts museums help to build legacy? How do they represent Cultural Heritage? Is legacy necessarily historical? Madrid with its royal collections and cultural heritage seems to be a perfect place to take these aspects into consideration.