Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) is the useful museum, a civic institution that promotes art as a tool for social change. Its programme integrates exhibitions and collection displays with learning activities, off-site projects, commissions and community-focused initiatives. It plays a key role in the cultural ecology of North East England, particularly Teesside, and is internationally recognised for its mission. mima is part of Teesside University and funded by Arts Council England and Middlesbrough Council. It is a member of the Plus Tate network and partner of ‘The Uses of Art – The Legacy of 1848 and 1989’, a project by the European museums confederation L’Internationale.