On Thursday 7 May, at 3 PM Central European Time, AEJM will host its first online roundtable discussion. A number of colleagues in leadership positions from different European museums will discuss the current crisis with the AEJM board. Goal is to share our varied experiences in dealing with everyday practical issues, such as organising collections storage and safekeeping, communicating with local authorities, scheduling and long-distance delegation, developing and implementing webinars, lectures, or workshops for our online visitors. The participants will each start with a short statement on the crisis and the way their institutions are affected by it and deal with it. After this we will start the discussion. All AEJM members are cordially invited to watch the meeting online. Spectators can chat or mail with the moderator, who will then introduce comments into the meeting as appropriate. AEJM chair Emile Schrijver will moderate; please use his direct e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Emile Schrijver, AEJM board, Amsterdam
Mats Tangestuen, AEJM board, Oslo
Christina Meri, AEJM board, Athens
Lucja Koch, AEJM board, Warsaw
Liya Chechik, Moscow
Zygmunt Stepinksi, Warsaw
Paul Salmona, Paris
Hetty Berg, Berlin
Mirjam Wenzel, Frankfurt
Bernhard Purin, Munich
Hanno Loewy, Hohenems
Simonetta Della Seta, Ferrara
This will be the first of a series of online AEJM meetings, as an alternative to the Annual Conference 2020, which had to be canceled due to the corona crisis.
FOUR QUESTIONS FOR OUR MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
What can we do to maintain public interest and remain relevant throughout and after this crisis? It may be more crucial than ever to join our efforts today to share, explore, and support each other. To get some insight in the challenges your museums are dealing with, we would like to ask you to answer the following questions, preferably before May 7, and send them to email@example.com:
• How is your organisation being affected by the COVID19 pandemic and the measures to contain it?
• What short and long-term consequences do you expect as a result of this pandemic?
• Which measures is your organisation implementing to overcome the crisis (re-organisation of daily work, use of virtual tools, economic plans, creation of digital content and alternate-delivery programmes, etc)?
• In the following months, what do you consider will be the most urgent needs of your organisation?