The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
The Fondazione, founded in Spring 2006 by the City of Florence, the Province of Florence, the Florentine Chamber of Commerce and an association of private partners (APPS), is an innovation on three different levels. At the level of governance, it is exceptional for the formal autonomy of its Board, and the inclusion on the Board of members nominated by both public and private sectors. Its business model is noted for its mix of public and private funding streams, and on its high percentage of earned revenue. Finally, at a cultural level, its approach of ‘visible listening' makes it an innovative experiment in sustainable cultural strategy, by inviting fresh new voices into the spaces of the Palazzo. The Palazzo Strozzi's goal is to be a laboratory for the city to experiment with ways to create new opportunities, new synergies and new collaborations. Its mission is twofold: to bring international quality cultural events to Florence, and to ‘give the Palazzo back to the city'.