MAC’s statement of solidarity

We at MAC stand in solidarity with those mourning the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many more in the United States. The events heighten our collective awareness that there is still much work for us -- as individuals, as museum professionals, in our region and around the world -- to dismantle systems of oppression that have long impacted and continue to decimate Afro-descendant and indigenous communities. We acknowledge that, even within our own institutions, we may have continued practices that play a part in upholding inherited power ...

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SURVEY RESULTS ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CARIBBEAN MUSEUMS

Throughout the month of April 2020, MAC conducted a survey to assess how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the museum sector across the Caribbean.  Survey results will both inform MAC’s response to the crisis and be shared with global museum networks as they gather data on the current status of museums around the world.

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MAC 2020 AGM UPDATE

MAC 2020 AGM GOES VIRTUAL
Out of abundance of caution, MAC’s co-convening with the AAAM conference will not take place this August as planned.  The health of our members, colleagues and annual conference delegates is extremely important to us and both organizations agreed that this course of action provided the safest measure for all. 

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CHANGEMENTS CONCERNANT L’AGA 2020 de l’AMC

L’AGA 2020 DE l’AMC SE TIENDRA EN LIGNE

Par excès de prudence, le congrès conjoint de l’AMC  et l’AAAM n’aura pas lieu en août comme prévu. La santé de nos membres, de nos collègues et des délégués au congrès est primordiale et les deux organisations ont convenu que cette ligne de conduite était la mesure la plus sûre pour tous. 

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Workshop Update

Our first scheduled training program for 2020, which was to be a French-speaking five-day workshop on Disaster Risk Management to be held in Martinique has now been postponed until later in the year. The workshop is the result of a collaboration between ICOM, the Museums Association of the Caribbean, and the Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique, with support from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and the French Ministry of Culture.

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Moving Online: A Report from MAC Member Museums

Despite COVID-19 related closures, many museums around the Caribbean remain committed to providing access to their programs and collections throughout the shutdown. Here are examples of how MAC Member institutions are highlighting their digital resources or moving them online through their websites, social media channels, podcasts and blogs.

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Digital Engagement in the Time of Coronavirus

Article by Dushanthi Jayawardena, Exhibitions Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has launched us into a time of uncertainty in a matter of months.  In the cultural sector, most major institutions around the world, including museums, galleries, theaters, and libraries, have now closed their physical doors indefinitely to the public.  This lockdown, coupled with a looming economic recession, has left the museum sector grappling with extraordinary challenges. But in a positive light, we are also seeing museums rapidly rise to the occasion as they shift to a largely digital engagement platform. Staff are finding creative ways of doing what is in a museum’s core interest – to engage audiences in meaningful ways as places of public trust – but this time, remotely.

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Art Contest-Living Ocean

MAC is supporting the Living Oceans Foundation 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge, an international student art competition focused on ocean conservation. Students can win up to $500 in prizes for the best artwork from middle and high school students. The Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old and work can be done at home, photographed and uploaded onto their application page. The theme for the 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge is “Take Action: Protect Coral Reefs.” For this year’s contest, students are asked to use their artistic talents to create a piece of artwork that illustrates what can be done to save coral reefs.

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Annonce concernant les ateliers

Notre premier programme de formation prévu pour 2020, qui devait être un atelier de cinq jours en Français sur la gestion des risques de catastrophe en Martinique, a été reporté à la fin de l’année. L’atelier est le fruit d’une collaboration entre l’ICOM, l’Association des Musées des Caraïbes et la Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique, avec le soutien du Smithsonian National Museum of African American History - Culture’s Office of Strategic Partenariats, et le ministère français de la Culture.

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Passer en ligne : un rapport sur les musées membres de l’AMC

Malgré les fermetures liées au COVID-19, de nombreux musées des Caraïbes demeurent déterminés à donner accès à leurs programmes et à leurs collections tout au long de la fermeture. Voici quelques exemples de la façon dont les institutions membres de l’AMC mettent en valeur leurs ressources numériques ou les déplacent en ligne via leurs sites Web, leurs médias sociaux, leurs podcasts et leurs blogs.

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Engagement numérique à l’époque du coronavirus

Article de Dushanthi Jayawardena, consultant spécialiste en expositions, Lord Cultural Resources

La pandémie de coronavirus (COVID-19) nous a lancés dans une période d’incertitude en l’espace de quelques mois.  Dans le secteur culturel, la plupart des grandes institutions du monde, y compris les musées, les galeries, les théâtres et les bibliothèques, ont maintenant fermé leurs portes indéfiniment au public.  Cette fermeture, couplée à une récession économique imminente, a laissé le secteur muséal aux prises avec des défis extraordinaires. Mais point positif, nous assistons à une adaptation rapide de la part des musées qui se montrent à la hauteur en se tournant vers une plate-forme d’engagement largement numérique. Le personnel trouve des moyens créatifs pour conserver l’intérêt fondamental d’un musée et continuer à engager le public de manière significative, mais cette fois, à distance tout en restant un lieu de confiance.

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Coucours d’art plastique-Living Ocean

L’AMC soutient le coucours organisé par Living Oceans Foundation intitulé «2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge », un concours international d’art pour enfants axé sur la conservation des océans. Les élèves du collège et du secondaire peuvent gagner jusqu’à 500 $ en prix pour la meilleure œuvre d’art. Le défi est ouvert aux élèves du primaire et du secondaire de 11 à 19 ans et le travail peut être fait à la maison, photographié et téléchargé sur leur site internet. Pour le concours de cette année, le thème est « Agir pour protéger les récifs coralliens ». Les élèves sont donc invités à utiliser leurs talents artistiques pour créer une œuvre d’art qui illustre ce qui peut être fait pour sauver les récifs coralliens.

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MAC Partners with AAAM 2020 Conference

The Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) will partner with the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) to present a pre-conference workshop, sessions and its annual AGM at the 42nd Annual AAAM Conference in Miami, FL. The AAAM conference theme, “Sun, Soul and Soil: Diasporic Blackness and Justice in Global Museums” encapsulates the international dimension of the conference which will consider the global impact of African American institutions, explore concepts of blackness and justice in museums around the world, and look at the work of museums throughout the Black diaspora.  The two organizations are inspired by the richness of the collective museum cohorts coming together, and look forward to discovering organizational intersections and ingenuity. The conference welcomes professionals from museums, archives, libraries, cultural centers and academia; August 5-8, 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami in downtown Miami, FL.

As part of this co-convening MAC will present a pre-conference day workshop on “Advocacy Skills for the Museum Professional” on August 5th, present multiple sessions by its members during the conference program and hold its Annual General Meeting as part of the conference proceedings on August 7th.  These programs will be open to all registered conference participants.

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ICOM/MAC Workshop in Disaster Risk Management

French-speaking Museum professionals from the Caribbean region will participate in the five-day workshop on Disaster Risk Management to be held in Martinique. The workshop is the result of collaboration between ICOM, the Museum Association of the Caribbean, and the “Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique.” It will be supported by the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution and the French Ministry of Culture.

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Formation ICOM et MAC sur la Gestion des Risques Naturels

Les professionnels francophones des musées de la région Caraïbes participeront à un atelier de formation professionnelle de  cinq jours sur la gestion des risques naturels qui aura lieu en Martinique. L'atelier est le fruit d'une collaboration entre l'ICOM, l'Association des Musées de la Caraïbes (MAC) et la Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique. Il sera soutenu par le Musée national d'histoire et de culture afro-américaine, la Smithsonian Institution et le Ministère français de la Culture.

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Inaugural Awards Winners

As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations, MAC was delighted to present our inaugural Awards Program which has been developed as part of our ongoing commitment to the advancement of the Caribbean museum sector. This program will seek to recognize and celebrate, on an annual basis, the accomplishments of individuals and institutions in advancing the Caribbean museums and heritage sector, as well as museum and heritage sector careers across the region.

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Lauréats des premiers prix

Dans le cadre de nos célébrations du 30e anniversaire, l'AMC a été ravie de présenter notre programme de récompenses inaugural qui a été développé dans le cadre de notre engagement continu pour l'avancement du secteur des musées des Caraïbes. Ce programme visera à reconnaître et à célébrer, sur une base annuelle, les réalisations des individus et des institutions dans l'avancement des musées et du secteur du patrimoine des Caraïbes, ainsi que les carrières dans les musées et le secteur du patrimoine dans la région.

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Looking Back at the 2019 Conference

Over 92 delegates from 36 institutions in 19 countries gathered to celebrate MAC’s 2019 30th Anniversary Conference hosted by the Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique (CTM) from 12 – 17 November.

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Retour sur le congrès 2019

Plus de 92 délégués de 36 institutions de 19 pays se sont réunis pour célébrer le congrès 2019 du 30e anniversaire de l’AMC organisé par la Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique (CTM) du 12 au 17 novembre.

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New Board for MAC 2020

The 30th Conference of the Museums Association of the Caribbean concluded on Friday, November 15 with an Annual General Assembly at the CTM’s Hotel de l’Assemblée. The delegates, from some 20 Caribbean countries and their US and European diasporas, sat in a plenary session.

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Nouveau conseil d’administration pour l’AMC 2020

Le 30e congrès de l'Association des Musées de la Caraïbs s'est achevé le vendredi 15 novembre par une assemblée générale à l'Hôtel de l'Assemblée de la CTM. Les délégués, originaires d'une vingtaine de pays des Caraïbes et de leurs diasporas américaines et européennes, ont siégé en séance plénière.

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Silent Auction 2019

One of the highlights of our annual gathering is the silent auction which always takes place during the conference. We are reaching out to solicit auction donations from you or your organization. The funds raised from your contribution will help MAC continue serving the interests and professional needs of Caribbean museums, galleries and heritage sites.

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MAC at ICOM: What Defines a Museum?

In September, members of MAC attended the ICOM Triennial Conference in Kyoto. The conference was in the news in Japan every day. Even internationally, the conference was picked up by the news because of a huge debate that erupted: was ICOM going to change its definition of ‘the museum’?

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L’AMC à l’ICOM: Qu’est-ce qui définit un musée?

En septembre, les membres de l’AMC ont assisté au congrès triennal de l'ICOM à Kyoto. Le congrès était mentionné dans les journaux au Japon tous les jours. Même à l'échelle internationale, le congrès a été repris par les nouvelles en raison d'un énorme débat qui a éclaté: l'ICOM allait-il changer sa définition de «musée»?

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Getting to Know the CTM in 7 Questions

The CTM is the host organization for MAC’s 2019 Conference and Annual General Meeting. In this short interview posed through seven questions, we get to know more about how the CTM oversees some of Martinique’s 23 museums.

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Découvrir la CTM en 7 questions

La CTM est l'organisation hôte du Congrès et de l'Assemblée générale annuelle 2019 de l’AMC. À travers sept questions, nous vous invitons à découvrir la façon dont la CTM supervise certains des 23 musées de la Martinique.

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MAC at ICOM 2019 in Kyoto, Japan

The Museums Association of the Caribbean is delighted to be participating in the program of the 2019 ICOM Triennial in Kyoto, Japan, through two panel discussions that explore collaborative partnerships and community museums within the wider conference theme 'Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition.' The full program is available via the conference website.

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Les Musées, Sites et Domaines de la Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique

Premier regard sur un paysage muséal en réseau.

Sylvia Berté |Instagram: @plantemere

En novembre prochain, à l’invitation de la Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique (CTM), des membres de l’Association des Musées de la Caraïbe (AMC) et des professionnels des musées de l’île et de la région se réuniront pour la conférence annuelle de l’organisation caribbéenne. Le thème choisi cette année, «Le musée: marqueur d’identité, acteur du développement culturel et socio-économique dans les Caraïbes et ses diasporas», invite à des discussions sur l’impact et les contributions des musées du passé et du présent. Les participants auront l’occasion de construire collectivement un corpus de réflexion tout en s’immergeant dans les spécificités du paysage muséal de la Martinique.

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The Museums, Sites and Domains of the ‘Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique’

First look at the island’s network of museums and sites.

By: Sylvia Berté |Instagram: @plantemere

This upcoming November, upon invitation of the Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique (CTM), members of the Museums Association of the Caribbean and museum professionals from the French island and across the region will gather for MAC’s annual conference. This year's chosen theme, The Museum: Identity Marker, Actor of Cultural and Socio-economic Development in the Caribbean and its Diasporas, invites conversations about the impact and contributions of museums past and present. Delegates will be given the opportunity to collectively build a body of thinking while being immersed in the specificities of Martinique’s museum landscape.

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MAC 1st Quarter 2019 Highlights

MAC was on the road during the first quarter of 2019 travelling to France and Portugal to represent the Caribbean museum sector at UNESCO and EU-LAC meetings. ...

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CfP: ICOM Kyoto – International Museum Partnerships and Collaborations

International Museum Partnerships and Collaborations

2 September 2019, 1:00-5:00

during the ICOM Triennial General Conference in Kyoto, Japan

Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition

  One of the key concepts behind the ICOM 2019 theme of Museums as Cultural Hubs is supporting museum collaborations and partnerships. In the spirit of this theme, the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM), the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM), the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC), and the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA) are collaborating to  organise a half day event to explore international partnerships and collaborations and the potential for these four ICOM Affiliated Organisations to work together more effectively.   ...

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Silent Auction 2018

MAC is seeking donations of items for its annual Silent Auction. For the past few years, MAC has held a Silent Auction at its annual conference as a fundraiser for the organisation. Conference delegates attending MAC's Annual General Meeting have the chance to bid on museum publications, crafts, jewelry, artwork, and many other items. This year, MAC will again hold a Silent Auction during the 2018 International Museums Conference. We are looking to presenters, delegates, and others to donate objects to the Silent Auction or to share this information with colleagues ...

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Travel Fellowship Programme

The Museums Association of the Caribbean 2018 AGM Fellowship Programme is a professional growth opportunity that provides financial support for Caribbean-based museum professionals at any stage of their career to attend the MAC Annual General Meeting and associated conference. The goal of the fellowship is to promote greater inclusivity of museum professionals working in underrepresented regions and/or marginalised museums and cultural heritage sites.  ...

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New Volume ‘Caribbean Museums’ Published!

Caribbean Museums is the journal publication of the Museums Association of the Caribbean. It is dedicated primarily to sharing research papers presented at our annual conference and was first published in 2016. In addition to conference papers, other relevant articles can be peer reviewed and published in Caribbean Museums. We are very pleased to be able to share Volume 2-3 with you! It contains papers presented at our annual conferences in St Lucia (2015) and in Cayman Islands (2016) and was edited by Sherene James-Williamson and Lee Jolliffe. The authors in ...

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MAC Participating In International Museums Conference 2018

The Museums Association of the Caribbean is pleased to announce its upcoming conference. The 2018 MAC Annual General Meeting will take place within the International Museums Conference which is organized as a partnership between MAC, the EU-LAC-Museums project, and the University of the West Indies (UWI). The conference will take place on 6-10 November 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados, at UWI Cave Hill. ...

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Supporting Cultural Heritage after Hurricanes Irma & Maria

Statement from the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) regarding Hurricanes Irma & Maria and the Caribbean’s Impacted Heritage Institutions and Collections. The MAC board and membership would like to express their sympathies for the Caribbean region and populations impacted by hurricane Irma & hurrican Maria. While the region’s first priority must be the reconstruction of basic facilities in regards to human life and health in the devastated areas, MAC is concurrently working to identify the storm-related impact to heritage institutions and their collections. ...

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