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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, founded in 2007, has a vision of itself as a "useful" museum. Rather than operating within the framework of the art field (history and market), traditionally autonomous, it pursues a civic agenda, operating in service to others, which facilitates the reconnection of the art institution with its social function and responsibility. In doing so, it promotes art for a reason, not for its own sake, and repurposes it as a tool for education and activism to effect positive change. Thus, its focus is public engagement, which enables the reimagining of curating in relation to the commons, as a means to foster citizenship and contribute to community cohesion, and proposes a "redistribution of authorship," with the actions of its audiences defining its meaning.

The museum invests in people, and addresses locally significant themes—current urgencies—in light of global matters, wishing to be relevant in Middlesbrough and the northeast of England as well as influential nationally and internationally. It generates artistic production and ideas, acting as not only a museum but also a "kunsthalle," a commissioning agency, and a residency organization. It conserves, expands, presents and interprets the Middlesbrough Collection through a policy of acquisitions, donations, and loans focused on socially-engaged art. It shapes its offer in dialogue with its audiences, co-creating its program, and thus enabling it to be meaningful. It is a site for activity and not only display, becoming a sort of community centre. It is open to all, accessible, equal, diverse, and inclusive and facilitates social justice.