Measuring Inclusion in Museums

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  • Title: Measuring Inclusion in Museums: A Case Study on Cultural Engagement with Young People with a Migrant Background in Amsterdam
  • Author(s): Marjelle Vermeulen, Filip Vermeylen, Karen Maas, Marthe De Vet, Martin Van Engel
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Common Ground Open
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum
  • Keywords: Audiences, Cultural Awareness, Culture, Engagement, Ethnicity, Governance Change, Migrant Background, Inclusion, Cultural Participation, Social Impact, Visitors
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 1835-2014 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1835-2022 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v12i02/1-26
  • Citation: Vermeulen, Marjelle, Filip Vermeylen, Karen Maas, Marthe De Vet, and Martin Van Engel. 2019. "Measuring Inclusion in Museums: A Case Study on Cultural Engagement with Young People with a Migrant Background in Amsterdam." The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 12 (2): 1-26. doi:10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v12i02/1-26.
  • Extent: 26 pages

Abstract

As societies around the world change, museums strive to become more inclusive for the growing number of people with a migrant background. However, academic literature on this topic is scarce. With their Van Gogh Connects programme, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (VGM) is keen to understand what is required to become more relevant to this target group. The VGM also wants to understand what is required in terms of governance to make the relevance and inclusion sustainable. The VGM gains insight into the matter using both impact research and a series of iterative activities involving the target group. This article outlines the results of the first case study and draws some initial conclusions that can be used to start working toward the sustainable inclusion of youths with a migrant background.