Publication date: 26/07/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic initially led to a lockdown that halted cultural activity around the world. Museums had to close their doors and the only means of communication was through their own digital spaces. Initiatives such as #museuobert were born out of the need to keep the cultural sector alive and at the same time helped change the paradigm of digital communication in museums. Making their collections available online is the present and future of many museums. Communication departments need to understand this and adapt to the situation in order to be present in the social and cultural conversation.
Publication date: 20/09/2022
Covid-19 caused a profound impact on the Catalan cultural system and, as a result, on the heritage field too. The global nature of the pandemic had similar effects in all countries. The lockdown first and the following limitations on mobility during the two years of the pandemic caused severe blows on attendance to museums, their income and especially their work teams. The imprint of this crisis left a profound mark in the sector, from fierce situations such as shutdowns and the resulting layoffs to the suspension of many activities. It should be noted that its different effects can be classified according to three main factors: location (museums located in territories with a strong tourist dependence have suffered the most), size (managing teams during lockdown and teleworking has been more complex for large organizations), and ownership (although the impact of the pandemic has been widespread and large and publicly owned museums have suffered severe consequences, the situation has been even more dramatic among the rich network of private facilities, which mostly depend on the income that they gather from visitors). In these long months of the pandemic, the sector focused a very considerable part of its efforts on increasing and improving its digital offer. Hopefully, at least, we used this crisis to consolidate some insight and to update digital resources.
Publication date: 09/11/2022
This article is a compilation of activities for the elderly carried out since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The museum is approaching,” “Museums just a click away,” “Museums visit you,” “Museums are waiting for you,” “Elderly Art,” “With or without sugar,” “CulturalMENT Project,” “Welcoming the Elderly,” (DIM 2021), “Contrast sessions for projects aimed at the elderly.”
These activities have been organized by different entities such as Apropa Cultura, the Museums and Accessibility Working Group, the Barcelona City Council, the Public Health Agency of the Barcelona City Council, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia, the Management of the Provincial Council of Barcelona, and the Reflection Group of Activities and Publics.