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ART AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Art is among the most significant ways a nation can convey its place in the global scene. And museums are are among the instiutions that can serve as a catalyst. For Philippe Augier — who co-founded Museum Pasifika in Nusa Dua, Bali — the collection and preservation of art is vital for a nation's cultural legacy and long term development. "When the museum was founded in 2006," the gregarious French native says, "we had three main objectives: to create an international art centre which would put Bali and Indonesia on the map; create an educational tool for students to learn about their environment and the world beyond their island; and to contribute as an international tourist attraction." Now in its tenth year, Museum Pasifika has achieved all three objectives. And that is a laudable feat. Recently nominated by Ernst & Young for social entrepreneur of the year, and also named Vice President of the Bali Museum Association since 2014, Augier has worked hard at securing a space for Indonesians to appreciate their country's art and for foreigners to appreciate this country's contributions to the world of art and culture.

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