In May 2019 we held our first Imagination Museum consortium event at The Collection Museum in Lincoln, drawing together artists and heritage/museum practitioners to talk about ways of galvanising a movement of people interested in using dance in museums and heritage sites to engage a broad range of audiences.
As a result of that consortium we started coming up with the following Mission Statement for The Imagination Museum, which we want to become a network, resource hub and commissioning partner for dance/heritage collaboration in the future.
- to articulate why we use dance in museums and heritage sites, providing examples of the many ways in which dance can be used to be interpret a site or collection, and in so doing to engage new and existing audiences/visitors in a memorable, dynamic way
- to advocate for this work, making a case for the need for/potential impact of working with dance in these contexts
- to advise on and contribute to developing best practice working with dance in museums/heritage contexts, therefore enabling artists/museums to provide exceptional experiences that engage broad audiences. This will include:
- building infrastructure to ensure the sustainability of the growing dance/heritage sector.
Following our online consortium events throughout 2020 and evaluation of our 2019-21 pilot as part of a Strategic Touring project linked with the Mayflower 400 commemoration, we are in the lengthy process of seeking funding for development of the network. You can read more about what we've been up to in the meantime here.
On the whole, this website and our community is quieter at the moment while we're not in receipt of funding, but you are welcome to:
- get in touch (email@example.com) if you have any questions, opportunities you would like to share, or if you need a bit of help linking with a dance artist, or with a museum, or guidance on potential next steps for your dance/heritage project. We are happy to provide advice where we can.
- take a look at the great range of Case Studies we have available to browse via our website here and the Resources we’ve started to compile here
- watch videos from a selection of our Case Studies via our YouTube channel
- follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
- and join our mailing list using the form online here
The Imagination Museum is currently managed by Made By Katie Green, but exists to support all artists/museum practitioners working with movement and dance in heritage contexts.