With Prins Bernhard Cultuurfond’s help this catalogue will become a tool for participation and education both outside and inside the museum. The museum’s collection and staff expertise have already been cited in more than 100 research papers and the catalogue will give the museum the opportunity to provide a globally accessible tool for research. Most importantly, the catalogue will continue the museum’s mission of using art as a tool for dialogue with disparate social and ethnic groups. One such example of this is the museum’s plan to further our community outreach, using the stories of our artworks as a starting point, and to bring in other emerging technologies, through partnerships with companies like TechConnect and MolenGeek, as an additional method to engage local stakeholders, particularly those young people interested in digital technology fields.
Currently, SAMA’s website attracts more than 100,000 online visitors per month. We work with roughly 25 schools throughout the year, many of which have established long term relationships with SAMA and return regularly to attend to tours and workshops. Furthermore, the museum attracts around 7,000 visitors, many of those are drawn to Nieuw-West due to the museum and then experience the neighborhood because of the collection. With additional support, we can continue to grow our platform through a mix of cutting edge technologies, heritage preservation and street art. By supporting our foundation Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds has the chance to help a team of young, international, interdisciplinary professionals and local community members with grassroots knowledge to develop cutting edge tools that bridge the gap between art and community.
The present virtual catalogue has been realised through the Axiell platform, a digital service which has become a point of reference for major European museum collections. Through the platform and the work of our cataloguing team, SAMA has published the first version 1.0 of the inventory with 200 catalogued artworks and more than 150 texts from our library and available for both research consultation and the general public.