A group of experts from the world of art, museums and urban development are meeting this week in Bilbao to address how museums have come to play a key role in boosting positive changes in cities. Leading professionals such as the European Director of Lord Cultural Resources, Ngaire Blakenburg; the curator of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Juan Ignacio Vidarte, and Ibon Areso, former mayor of Bilbao, will share their experiences in art and urban development. They will specifically focus on topics such as the “soft power of cities and museums", digitalisation of museums, new business models for museums or global tendencies in the art industry.
This meeting among experts is set within the framework of the launch of the second International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management, organised jointly by Deusto Business School (University of Deusto), NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (New York University) and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
The programme is sponsored by the Gondra Barandiarán Foundation and includes the participation of 22 professionals from the visual arts industry (curators and managers of museums and cultural foundations, commissioners, heads of exhibitions, specialist consultants… ) of 11 different nationalities. The first module of the programme will be held in Bilbao the week of 7 November and the second one will be held in New York in March 21017. Global practice in arts management is undergoing a profound transformation as a result of changes in funding, management practices and the public. For this reason, topics related to challenges will be discussed, in addition to leading organisations' experiences, through an international expert panel and visits to relevant institutions.