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Between conferences, workshops and online programmes, we gather museum changemakers since 2013 to harvest collective knowledge and solve industries-challenges together. Join our upcoming events or find below digests of all the previous ones.

Ongoing Events

WAC Weekly: A 25-week program of weekly online discussions about web3 and museums

WAC Museums: A 6-week web3 training program for museums (upon application)

WAC Factory: a 4-week blockchain tech integration accelerator

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Past Events

A 25-week program of weekly online discussions about web3 and museums, a 12-week training program for museums upon applications and a 4-week blockchain tech integration accelerator.

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A 25-week program of weekly online discussions about web3 and museums, a 8-week training program for museums upon applications and a 4-week hackathon on Gitcoin.

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a series of talk and collaborative workshops presented by the Villa Albertine and the French Embassy of the United States, organised by We Are Museums, in cooperation with the Smithsonian.

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Online continuous conversations to draft how digital can be used for better futures.
a collaboration with the Västernorrlands Museum and One by One
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"Reframe Collecting" is a programme investigating how museums can reframe collecting as a strategy for collective care. Using the full potential of both international communities, it draws the state of museum collecting today, new ethics and behaviours. Key insights, best practices and how-tos will be extracted from these ongoing conversations to be shared with the museum sector broadly.

"Reframe Collecting" is a collaboration with ICOM COMCOL.

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Online programme to create a safe space for dialogue, harvest collective knowledge and collaboratively solve industry challenges.

a collaboration with Museum Connections, Pixii Festival, French Immersion and Fabbula

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"We need to collectively build new habits of resilience to be ready for the post-COVID world. How to exercise the museum's resilience muscle to deal with post-traumatic situations?". An online conversation around the topic of resilience in museums organised in close collaboration with the Museum for the United Nations - UN LIVE.

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Two weeks after the beginning of the European Spring 2020 lockdown, we started our new series of online community meetups to provide a platform for discussion and support while globally facing a crisis.

April 9th – 'Museum Voice in April 2020 – How everything is changing' with Andrea Jones, Peak Experience Lab (United States)

April 22nd – 'Museum Value Online in April 2020' with Kajsa Hartig, Head of Collections and Cultural Environments, Västernorrlands Museum (Sweden)

May 13th – 'Re-Opening Small Museums – Our Ideas and Questions to Stay Agile' with David Gruber, Director at the Museum of Nature South Tyrol in Bolzano, Northern Italy, and moderated by Sandro Debono, Museum Thinker, University of Malta.

June 25th – 'Collect Crisis' with Danielle Kuijten, co-curator of Imagine IC in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and moderated by Sandro Debono, Museum Thinker, University of Malta.
The conference aimed to inspire museum professionals in Lithuania and worldwide to become agents of change through understanding new models of ways of imagining new scenarios, thinking and working differently and start acting towards better futures.
In the face of the ecological emergency and the resulting environmental, biological and health crises, heritage and culture are innovating and transforming, committing themselves and taking action.
For this new meeting, the Center of French National Heritage joins forces with Diane Drubay, founder of We Are Museums and the "Museums Facing Extinction" program with the support of EIT Climate-KIC. in order to create new avenues for reflection.
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The second edition of the API Culture Day happened in collaboration between Stadtmuseum Berlin, Yunow and We Are Museums. It aimed to create a platform to discuss open access for culture with the museums of Berlin and accelerate the adoption of the licencing policies and tools for openness.
The pilot event of this new programme in collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC welcomed around 25 museum experts with expertise around climate action and community engagement, as well as a variety of experts like architects, journalists, systemic innovation designers, etc. Our goal was to produce simple actions and take-outs, immediately implementable in any museum – small or large and encouraging their communities to move towards a climate-friendly future.
In the course of two lectures and a workshop, a group of ten international museum professionals met in Paris to learn how to tap into museums' soft power and explore ways to create first steps towards a happiness-focused museum.

After lectures and discussions on "Dis/oriented Museums and their Future" and "From the Happy Museum to the Museotherapy", the participants have been guided to become well-being accelerators in a workshop. In the workshop, international best practice examples and discussions about top-priority impacts for museums served as an inspiration to work towards a transformative museum.

Part of the "NEMO International Training Course" programme.
To work towards smart and sustainable openness of culture's data, we launched the API Culture Day in collaboration with the French startup biinlab.
The first edition was organised at the Fine Arts Museum of Lyon in France on June 28th. During this day of reflection and inspiration around the use of APIs in culture, we tried to understand how the promotion and mediation of heritage are being changed with the opening of museum data and their APIs and with the new uses of machine learning.
In 2019, it's high time to put the environment first. With escalating ecological emergency approaching, museums have to join the green revolution and address vital environmental issues. That's why We Are Museums 2019 brought an array of museum professionals to the city of Katowice in Poland where the COP24 took place a few months earlier to reimagine museums as transformative tools for creating a sustainable future. Through a variety of discussions, workshops and panels, top international experts provided ideas and practical tips on what museums can do to help battle climate change.
For our 6th edition of We Are Museums conference, we have decided to let ourselves inspired by a country and a culture based on the intangible to inspire new models of museums. We have travelled to Marrakech in Morocco to host our first conference outside of the European continent. Adjusted to the location, WAM 2018 gathered experts and professionals from national and international museums to explore trends in the museum development that are making a global impact.
Between June 11th, and June 14th, the Latvian capital Riga has become the place where museums' present image and future aspirations collide. In five years, a lot has changed: museums are more empowered and empowering than ever, more entrepreneurial and more socially-involved. They open up more and more and become real powers and counter powers in their communities and societies. In 2017, our speakers told us a lot about how a museum works when digital is integrated everywhere, and how it helps bring even more meaning to their everyday actions. We Are Museums 2017 conference gathered museum professionals, entrepreneurs and game-changers to make the museums of tomorrow, the reality today.
We Are Museums 2016 conference held in Bucharest, Romania, (June 6-8) connected startups, entrepreneurs, and museum professionals to share ideas, boost collaboration, and discuss best practices. Based on field experiences and insightful reflections, WAM 2016 focuses on a variety of digital extensions, traineeships and participation that can help museums expand their reach no matter the location, the size, the resources.
Held under the slogan "Into the future of museums", We Are Museums 2015 was our biggest conference yet, gathering over 30 speakers and a diverse crowd of attendees. The conference held on June 1st and 2nd at the capital of Germany Berlin, brought together contemporary artists, curators, communication professionals and digital media experts, who joined forces to explore new frontiers of museums' online practice.
The second edition of We Are Museums conference gathered 26 outstanding art professionals who pondered about different ways technology can help museums grow.
We Are Museums 2013 conference has brought people who share a passion for art, innovation and culture to the dazzling city of Vilnius, Lithuania. The city's diverse art community has inspired our very first edition that focuses on using digital transformation to make museums the engines of change.