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AEA Consulting: The Platform

Last week's Platform took a long-term view, examining opportunities and sharing our approach to scenario planning for arts and culture. With more areas returning to operation, this week's Disptaches turns the focus to reopening – countries, cities, cultural institutions – and what our counterparts who were hit first by this pandemic are learning as they navigate through this period and work toward a sustainable future. What can we learn from immediate response and how do we envision this 'new normal'? 

AEA Team


A round-up of articles focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on the cultural sector.


Considerations for Museum Reopenings

The American Alliance of Museums has released recommendations for museums to build flexible plans for reopening. (American Alliance of Museums)

Precautions for Museums during COVID-19 Pandemic

CIMAM, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, has issued guidelines based on precautions taken by re-opened institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. (CIMAM)

Restarting the Cultural Creative Industries After the Coronavirus Crisis

In a white paper the European Creative Business Network aims to raise awareness that the restart of the Cultural Creative Industries is central to the future of European society. (European Creative Business Network)

A Sustainable Exit Strategy

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change lays out what is needed to manage uncertainty and minimise harm when countries begin to reopen. (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change)

Does this change everything?

There will be no ‘Back to Normal’

Nesta’s checklist of potential social, technological and environmental changes in ‘the new normal.’ (Nesta)

What Future for Theatres?

In a blog post, François Matarasso, reimagines the relationship between creator and audience through a historic lens. (François Matarasso)

Mapping Museums 1960-2020

Researchers at Birkbeck, University of London recently published a website and report that charts the expansion of museum development within the UK during the late 20th-century, mapping museum openings, size, location, year closed, etc. Arts + Heritage Advisor asks, “Could mapping past closures help plot the sector’s post-pandemic future?” (Mapping Museums)


Can Street Artists Survive a City in Lockdown?

Buskers, musicians and muralists have been entertaining London for centuries. But now the capital has gone quiet and the future of their activities looks uncertain. (The New York Times)

Managing Public Space in the ‘New Normal’

Gehl studied public life in New York City to explore how cities can create more space for people with interventions that have the most impact. (Gehl)

The Pandemic Shows What Cars Have Done to Cities

Is this an opportunity to reimagine our streets? (The Atlantic)

Paris Has a Plan to Keep Cars Out After Lockdown

As the city prepares to reopen, Mayor Anne Hidalgo plans to use bike lane, buses, and social distancing to keep more cars off the roads and reduce pollution. (CityLab)


Cocktails with a Curator

Virtually join curators with a cocktail to gain insights on a work of art from the halls of The Frick Collection. (The Frick Collection)

Living Room Concerts Series

Listen to the members of the Cleveland Orchestra perform works from their living rooms. (The Cleveland Orchestra)

The Berlin Philharmonic Tests a Musical Path Out of Lockdown

The orchestra performed to online audiences in an empty concert hall as a chamber orchestra, with socially distanced players (2 to 5 meters apart). (The New York Times)

Meanwhile...Tractor Supply chief says business is booming as more people start gardens and raise chickens.

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