Panel Discussion 1 – Jocelyn Dodd
Panel discussion 2 – Tony Trehy
Panel discussion 3 – Sawako Inaniwa
Report on a new community in practice developed by the joint project between the museums and the university
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Tokyo University of Arts, both located in the Ueno Park, have started a new collaboration project in 2012, when Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum opened again after a refurbishment. We are aiming to create opportunities for everyone – both children and adults, professors, researchers, and curators – to communicate on even ground and nurture new types of relationships and values. This panel discussion focuses on the activities we have been practicing so far to visualize our accomplishment and future tasks. We will discuss how a museum and a university have been working together, with sincere collaboration from other art museums and scientific museums, a zoo and a music hall in the park.
Panel discussion 4 – Daisuke Sakuma
Creating user-based community around museums
“Public Private partnership” has become one of the most important aspects for museum management. “Friends of museum” is a typical user-based community, one of the stakeholders of museum and, at the same time, a target for education programmes. Some museums are now organizing these communities strategically. Although there are some difficulties in practice for some museums, such as bureaucracy, generation handover and so on, we want to summarize the present situation of Japanese museums’ user based communities, as it has the potential to innovate museum performance in the real world.
Panel discussion 5 – Ross Parry, Toppan Printing Co Ltd and National Institute of Infomatics
Panel discussion 6 – Yoshi Miki, Sachiko Sugiura and Akiko Anzai
Introduction of variation of interpretation
A museum is open to everyone, from age zero to one hundred years old. We should be able to reach out not only to visitors in front of us but also potential visitors. There are many ways to approach them through collections, interpretational programs, exhibit design, and others. We will discuss how we communicate and share our thoughts and experience with audiences. The panelists are veterans in different fields including curatorial, interpretation, and exhibit design.
Panel discussion 7 – Yuji Kurihara
Towards building a sports museum network
The decision to hold the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo has increased opportunities to reflect back upon the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, reminiscing about players and memorable moments. To accommodate the Japanese public’s growing interest in sports, organizers have established Olympic memorial museums in Tokyo, Sapporo, and Nagano, suggesting an ever expanding and significant role for sports museums in the future. While such developments bode well for the continuing presence of sports museums in Japan, our understanding of these museums’ current situations and activities is in fact quite limited, based on a small amount of research. Nor have concrete actions been taken to build a Sports Museum Network in Japan. This panel discussion will review issues related to sports museums in Japan using a number of specific examples and consider what kinds of measures might ensure that Japanese sports museums function to fulfil the needs of their increasingly engaged public. It will also investigate the possibility of building an international network.