This session includes three case studies:

Changing Arctic: Barometer for Understanding and Action

Change is acute to the environment and people of the Arctic. Managing and mitigating change will determine the planet’s future. Learning from and accommodating Arctic peoples and culture is integral to a positive outcome. Our museum is a leader within an Arctic knowledge ecosystem that extends nationally and internationally. Its public engagement role imparts the Arctic experience to inspire understanding, debate and action on environmental and social issues affecting the Arctic and world.

Inspire Actions and Diversify Visions

As the first and earliest private museum in China, the Jintai Art Museum has developed a public awareness campaign, Champion of Water Alliance (CWA), to reduce daily water consumption and promote water conservation awareness efforts. Learn about issues that prompted the creation of the project, some of the innovative program initiatives and their impact on changing the public’s perception of and behavior towards environmental conservation, and how these programs influenced new legislation on environmental policy.

Rescuing Japan’s Cultural Heritage

After the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs carried out a Rescue Program for Cultural Heritage in cooperation with museum organizations. Subsequently the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage has been constructing a national network to respond to future large-scale disasters. Learn the details of this large-scale effort to protect cultural heritage from natural environmental disaster.


  • John Swettenham
  • Henry Yuan
  • Yuji Kurihara