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.

The first of these sessions is the “International Museum Partnerships and Collaborations” Round Table on 02 September, where MAC will meet with representatives of the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) and the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) to discuss current issues and challenges affecting their members, while exploring the potential for closer collaborations between the associations. MAC will be presented by former board member Ruth Linton and MAC Communications Manager Csilla Ariese. The session will include an overview of the three associations followed by a panel discussion on such topics as Sustainability (purpose/funding), Engagement (succession planning/voluntarism); and Membership (value/benefits).

On 03 September, MAC Communications Manager Csilla Ariese, author of The Social Museum in the Caribbean, will participate in the EU-LAC-Museums Project Round Table on the topic of “What is a community museum in your region?” The round table is part of the ICOM Europe and ICOM LAC joint session. Chaired by MAC Founding President Alissandra Cummins (Barbados), panellists include Ms Ariese alongside ICOM colleagues from Guatemala, Brazil, Portugal, Africa and Japan. The afternoon will present the results of a recent survey exploring different types of community museums around the world, and the critical impact that these museums are making within their communities.

MAC encourages all attending members and colleagues to participate in both sessions and to contribute to the discussion. The International Museum Partnerships and Collaborations Round Table will be held on 2nd September 2019, 3:00-6:00 pm, in Room 1. The EU-LAC Museums Project Round Table on the topic of “What is a community museum in your region?” is scheduled for 3rd September, 4:00pm-6:00pm, in room J.

As an affiliated organization and voting member of ICOM, MAC will also be present at the Extraordinary General Assembly, the General Assembly, and the three scheduled sessions of the Advisory Council. As such, MAC can participate in the discussions on the future of ICOM, the new museum definition, and plans for the next ICOM triennial.

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