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Join us for a first online meeting on February 20, 2024, and engage in this game-changer network.

Click HERE to subscribe to the webinar: “Sustainable Models for GLAMs – New Ways of participatory management and sustainable financing of cultural institutions”.

Three EU-funded research and innovation projects, GLAMMONS, RECHARGE and LibrarIN, invite practitioners from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums to exchange views on various challenges facing GLAMs such as augmenting participation, finding new and alternative ways of financing, and accelerating social impact.


During the online event, each project will present the core vision of their approach to participation in the cultural sector, the value of this approach, the needs assessments, and capacity building before an open discussion with the audience.

Tuesday 20 February

13.00-13.05: Welcome and introduction by Hinano Spreafico, European Commission, and the moderator, Ares Kalandides, GLAMMONS
13.05-13.15: GLAMMONS: Resilient, sustainable, and participatory practices: Towards the GLAMs of the commons by Vasilis Avdikos, GLAMMONS
13.15-13.25: RECHARGE: Resilient European Cultural Heritage as Resource for Growth and Engagement by Trilce Navarrete, RECHARGE
13.25-13.35: LibrarIN. Value co-creation and social innovation for a new generation of European libraries by Luis Rubalcaba Bermejo and Andrej Vrčon, LibrarIN

Open discussion

13.35-14.00: The multiple financial channels of GLAMs, chaired by Janet Merkel (Technische Universität Berlin)
14.00-14.25: Understanding and Fostering Participation in Cultural Heritage, chaired by Maja Drabczyk (Fundacja Centrum Cyfrowe) with Una Hussey (The Hunt Museum), RECHARGE Living Labs and Kelly Hazejager (Sound & Vision, Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid), RECHARGE Playbook
14.25-14.50: Libraries as living labs, chaired by Lars Fuglsang, LibrarIN
14.50-15.00: Wrap-up and closing of the event by Ares Kalandides


COVID-19 forced the world to act quickly to face the extraordinary challenges brought on by the pandemic. Cultural institutions — galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) — were not unscathed. GLAMs had already been struggling due to a lack of funding, higher operational and maintenance costs, and tourism-laden problems. The question has emerged: How can GLAMs organise and articulate cultural production and consumption? GLAMMONS will address these challenges and will focus on how to organize and articulate cultural production and consumption. The project’s objective is to provide answers to the above challenges, fill gaps, and advance research and policy by employing the theory of the commons to provide solutions that safeguard the sustainability, access, and well-being of the sector, its workforce, and surrounding communities.

Public libraries remain major cultural institutions. However, they need to develop new functions and services and find better ways to engage with individuals, organisations, and communities. The project LibrarIN explores value co-creation – a process through which libraries and the public become equal and active partners in creating value. It focuses on three co-creation areas, namely digital transformation, living labs, and social entrepreneurship, as well as public-private third-sector innovation networks.

Emerging from the pandemic, the role played by many Cultural Heritage Institutions (CHIs) in keeping citizens engaged and mentally healthy through a variety of creative initiatives is widely acknowledged; however, this was also a time of financial loss. Turning that creativity into money that keeps the institution afloat is the challenge RECHARGE is set to answer. The project will show how creativity can be monetized to keep the institution afloat.