Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

WORKSHOP: Cultural heritage as catalyst of local development (Milan, Italy)



Milan, Italy, 22-23 June 2017

ArtLab was set up in 2006 in Turin by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo. Over the years, it has grown into the most inspiring and powerful, cross sectorial, independent platform in Italy, dedicated to innovating practices and policies in and through arts and culture by a structured dialogue among the stakeholders of the cultural and creative ecosystem.

ArtLab is a learning environment where cultural and creative professionals, the civil society, the corporations, the service agencies and policy makers share experiences and knowledge on how art and culture contribute to wellbeing as well as to economic and social growth: a unique opportunity to networking, sharing, searching for partners, nurturing ideas, compare programmes and projects.


The OECD LEED Trento Centre organised a workshop on:

Cultural heritage as catalyst of local development

Thursday 22 June 2017 from 12.30 to 15.30

BASE Milano, Via Bergognone 34, Milan, Italy


Rationale Cultural heritage is a powerful development asset that can help attract tourists, bring revenues, regenerate local economies, promote inclusion, boost cultural diversity and reinvent territorial identity. For several decades now, cities and regions have been pursuing heritage-led regeneration strategies. Certain knowledge has been accumulated on what these strategies can and cannot achieve and on their implications to a wide spectrum of policies ranging from culture to tourism, employment and skills, business development, innovation and spatial planning. At the same time, museums and cultural sites are increasingly experimenting with the new roles they can play as agents of economic development, social innovation and social inclusion while continuing to enrich their traditional preservation, restoration and education functions.

In this context, the OECD project on Culture as Catalyst of Local Development seeks to support the policy makers and the museum community in the design of successful culture-led local development strategies to increase the development impact of cultural heritage.

The working group, made of selected museums and local governments, discussed and further developed a pilot self-assessment tool to be used by museums and local authorities to help measure and strengthen the contribution of museums to local development.


Ekaterina Travkina, Policy Analyst, OECD Paris


Mattia Agnetti, Executive Secretary, Municipal Museums of Venice Foundation
Giovanna Barni
, President, CoopCulture
Guido Curto,
Director Palazzo Madama Torino
Luca Dal Pozzolo, Head of Research and Consultancy, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
Luigi Di Corato, Director Fondazione Brescia Musei
Laura Carlini Fanfogna, Director of the Civic Museums and Libraries of Trieste
Xavier Greffe, Member of the Scientific Committee, Louvre Museum
Barbara Ischinger, Board Member, University of Göttingen (Germany), Geneva University, Museum of Natural History in Berlin and in Frankfurt
Michele Lanzinger, Director MUSE-Trento Natural Science Museum
Claudio Martinelli, Responsible for Cultural Activities Department, Province of Trento
Marco Edoardo Minoja, Seretary General for Lombardy Region at MiBACT
Alessandra Proto, Policy Analyst, OECD Trento Centre for Local Development
Renzo Turatto, Policy Analyst, OECD Venice Office

Format Workshop open to observers in English. For further information, please visit the official website.