After a career in marketing & communication in Scientific Publishing and Public Broadcasting, Annemies Broekgaarden set up the Dick Bruna House Foundation to find a home for the collection of the world-famous Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Her involvement in museums and education turned her into a professional in museum education. Starting as Head of the Tropenmuseum Junior in 1999, Annemies’ skills in communication, management, international project management, and cultural anthropology eventually led her to the Rijksmuseum. In 2008 she accepted the challenge of formulating the Rijksmuseum’s educational policy, programming, and products for the museum after it reopened in 2013. Furthermore she was tasked with building up the education department and developing an educational centre for the Rijksmuseum – the Teekenschool.
From 2005-2015 Annemies was Board member, and acted the last 6 years as President, of Hands On!, the International organisation for Children in Museums. She is also co-Founder and co-director of the Children in Museums Award, the yearly international Award for the best Children’s Museum or project. In 2017 was installed as International member of the Public Education Experts Committee of NAMOC, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.
At NEMO's conference, she will partake in Panel I: Museums and Society, Youth and Social Integration on Friday 16 November 2018. Annemies will also participate in the panel discussion “Museums and Creative Industries – An unlikely partnership”at the Working Group Museum and Creative Industries’ meeting on Saturday 17 November 2018.