Each participant of We Are Museums will be able to choose ONE learning expeditions among the 9 routes offered.

Each small group will stay together for the full-day, work and learn about one specific topic thanks to visits, lectures, discussions and workshops.
Some of the groups will stay at the Muzeum Slaskie, others will discover venues in Katowice or even outside of the city.

(please check your confirmation email after your register for the conference and click on the link attached to access the workshops and LX registrations. If you registered before April 1st, please register here directly.)

Route 1 - The Industrial Monuments Route (9h00-17h00)

Venues: three industrial monuments part of the route

Through visits and workshops, the following topics will be covered during the day:
– Creation of the Industrial Monuments Route (its concept and comparison to other ones)
– Preparation of a tourist product thanks to the cooperation of private and public institutions
– How to build this type of product and how to create a community while maintaining at the same time each facility’s individualism?
– Between cultural activity and commercialism
– Why is it worth to take care of industrial monuments: is heritage important and if so, for whom?
– The potential in the architecture and the place’s history
– How to revitalize, so as not to lose the place’s spirit?

Route 2 - Give space for artist-critic and thinking / contemporary art - a curatorial perspective (11h00-15h00)

Venues: Galeria Szara (private gallery), Rondo Sztuki (art academy) and the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery Katowice

Through visits and discussions, the following topics will be covered on this route:

– Modern art from the perspective of three different institutions: Galeria Szara (privete gallery), Contemporary Art Gallery BWA KAtowice, Rondo Sztuki (Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice)
– Models of cooperation with the artists;
– Differences / contact points;
– How to conduct joint artistic education?;
– How gallery curators can take up current topics with artists?/ Can the artist be (politically/ socially) engaged?;
– Art criticism and curatorial practice; Meeting ended with the joint work of three curators with WAM students;

Route 3 - Data in Culture

Venues: Muzeum Slaskie and the MediaLAB (10h00-18h00)

This route will be divided into two workshops.
“Making Data-Driven Museum Decisions” Kwasi Hope Agyeman, CEO + Founder, TravelSee LLC (United States)
– “What to do with your data” by MediaLab (Poland) based on the experience of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The topics covered will be audience research, what do data tell us about culture? how to study culture using figures? data visualisation – how to communicate data in an accessible way?

Route 4 - Local History / "Getting to know the world begins in the museum"- Municipal Museum in Żory (TBC) (9h00-17h00)

Venues: Municipal Museum in Żory (TBC)

Through discussions and workshops, the following topics will be covered:
– Who we are and who are we for?
– How to involve local visitors?
– Difficult heritage: Polish and local context (after World War II) and non-European cultures (obtaining collections from other cultures in various contexts, including political ones) – building a programme to develop the institution and enabling its promotion, how a local museum can present the history of other cultures?

Route 5 - ANTHROPOCENE – Turn local communities into climate champions (10h00-16h00)

A project by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Muzeum Śląskie and We Are Museums.

Venue: Muzeum Śląskie

Drawing from the Silesian Museum’s climate project’s model based on work with the local community and the content of the „Museums for climate” manifesto, we will consider the opportunities as well as barriers and challenges associated with projects aimed at environmental protection developed together with local communities. How to develop such projects ethically? How to try and make them more rooted in the local environment? How to make global problems, which appear alien and remote, more relevant to individual residents? How to make local community not only participants but also champions of pro-ecological revolution? The trail will consist of presentations, discussions and design workshops.

The workshop will be led by Ewa Chomicka, Manager of Museum Practices Lab, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews / Muzeum Śląskie (Poland)

Route 6 - Local History/Difficult heritage: How to talk about it and how to engage the community (10h00-17h00)

Venue: Municipal Museum in Gliwice - House of Jewish Remembrance.

Through discussions and workshops, the following topics will be covered:
– Who we are and who are we for?
– How to involve local visitors?
– Going beyond the region, outside the building: How to develop the institution?
– How to build a programme to develop the institution and enable its promotion, e.g. in the region and beyond it?
– How to talk about a difficult heritage?
– How to teach people about the history of the region?

Route 7 - Nikiszowiec: How to talk about the history of one district? (10h00-17h00)

Venues: Nikiszowiec district - Museum of the History of Katowice and The Wilson Shaft Gallery and Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Lokalnych (Association of Local Initiatives)

Through discussions and workshops, the “phenomenon” of Nikiszowiec will be detailed and covered through different topics:
– How can cultural and educational activities be combined with commercial activities?
– Can the popularity of a place influence the promotion of the Museum / Gallery?
– How to involve the community?

Route 8 - ‘Tech Loves Culture’ is a Museum Innovation Booster (10h00-17h00)

Venue: Muzeum Slaskie

Each year, we foster the development of the museum ecosystem boosting it with innovation and creativity. Startups and early-stage tech projects have always been fundamental elements in We Are Museums. This year, we want to harness the full potential of our event to create broader opportunities. We want to start building a powerful ecosystem to accelerate innovation in museums based on openness, benevolence and purpose. With a full-day format dedicated to innovative projects and museums, we launch this year a new format inspired by innovation sprints. We want to offer early-stage tech projects and start-ups an opportunity to test new ideas, features and to engage with museum professionals in a meaningful way.

Route 9 - Collecting intangible heritage by the POLIN Museum (Poland) (10h00-17h00)

Venue: Muzeum Slaskie

Building a museum based on people’s memories. How to create a trustable space to collect and transfer intangible heritage? How to make people share their culture and their memories?

For over fourteen years, since its establishment in 2005, the POLIN Museum has revised its collection criteria and is evaluating its existing collections – both material and digital. A significant part of these collections are items based on human memories which constitute the spiritual heritage of Polish Jew.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will learn how we, at POLIN Museum, have revised our collection strategy, how we have adopted criteria for the acceptance and verification of objects for our collections (in particular, donations). Using selected examples from our collections, together, we will consider on what principles and using which means of communication can this intangible heritage be passed on and shared.