Starting now, the Frans Hals Museum and eleven other museums are entering into a partnership: Musea Bekennen Kleur. It examines issues surrounding inclusion and diversity within the museum sector, in order to actually implement these themes.
The aim of Musea Bekennen Kleur (Museums Confess Color) is to unite museums in a sustainable way in their aim to actually anchor diversity and inclusion in the DNA of the various organizations. This focuses on the four Ps: Program, Public, Personnel, Partners, with room for knowledge exchange and (self) reflection. The ambition is to make diversity and inclusion a fully-fledged and intrinsic part of museum practice.
Frans Hals Museum
Ann Demeester: “The Frans Hals Museum stands for looking differently, seeing more. Look differently at Frans Hals, whom we not only see as a Dutch hero, but also as the New Dutchman he was as a child of migrants in the 17th century. But also to the “Golden Age”, which we want to critically highlight from a globalist perspective. With an eye for artistic opulence but also for the pain and misery. This is only possible if we are polyphonic in all respects and not mono-cultural. As a museum, we want to focus on different perspectives not only on paper, but also in daily practice. Participation in Musea Bekenne Kleur Color is therefore not incidental to us, but essential. In collaboration with colleagues from the museum field and by not envisaging this as a project but as a long-term focus point, we hope to actually change the program, audience and staff in the future. ‘
The now participating museums are: Amsterdam Museum, Bonnefanten, Centraal Museum, Dordrechts Museum, Frans Hals Museum, Museum Arnhem, Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum, Van Gogh Museum en het Zeeuws Museum. De ambitie is dat ook andere musea zich in de toekomst aansluiten bij het samenwerkingsverband