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ICOM Canada Proposal to Postpone Museum Definition Vote

On August 19, 2019, the ICOM Canada Board of Directors sent the following proposal to Ms. Suay Aksoy (President, ICOM) and Mr. Peter Keller (Director General, ICOM). The proposal echoes and supports other invitations to postpone the Extraordinary General Assembly, namely calls from the ICOM Europe Regional Alliance. RE: ICOM Canada Board of Directors Proposal for Postponement of ICOM Extraordinary General Assembly, September 7, 2019. WHEREAS, ICOM MUSEUMS MUSÉES CANADA (ICOM Canada) represents a dedicated group of Canadian museum professionals and scholars who are passionate about museums and international networking; WHEREAS, the ICOM Kyoto 2019 General Conference plans to adopt a new museum definition at an Extraordinary General Assembly scheduled for September 7, 2019; WHEREAS, many national and international ICOM Committees have put forward an invitation to postpone the ICOM Extraordinary General Assembly in order to continue, with the National and International Committees, the reflection on a new museum definition; [...]

ICOM Canada Museum Definition Submission

The ICOM Canada national committee has proposed a revised museum definition as part of the ongoing ICOM Museum Definition project. The proposal definition includes modifications to the current definition: “A museum is a non-profit, permanent, dynamic and responsive institution in the service of a living planet. It is a public place that welcomes all people, fosters cooperation, cross-cultural exchange and public understanding of human and environmental interdependence. The museum acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits arts and cultures, the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study, enjoyment and the promotion of social and climate justice.” ICOM Canada's proposal reflects discussions and research conducted by the ICOM Canada Executive Board and ICOM Canada member feedback received in April, 2019. The Board submitted the proposal in both French and English to ICOM Executive Board in Paris on May 2, 2019. View the full ICOM Canada [...]

Towards a Revised Museum Definition

The ICOM Executive Board has noticed a change in museums. "Over recent decades museums have radically transformed, adjusted and re-invented their principles, policies and practices, to the point where the ICOM museum definition no longer seems to reflect the challenges and manifold visions and responsibilities. ICOM has invited its members and other interested parties to take part in creating a new, more current definition. Members, committees, partners and other interested stakeholders have already contributed and continue to participate in the development of potential alternatives for the museum definition, with the goal of compiling changes and recommendations in time for the 25th ICOM General Conference, which will take place in Kyoto, 1-7 September 2019. The ICOM Canada executive Board is proposing a modification to the current ICOM definition of a museum. Please download the Proposed Definition of Museum Submitted by ICOM Canada below. Proposed Definition of Museum Submitted by ICOM Canada [...]

Access in Museums in South Asia: Publication from the Commonwealth Association of Museums

The Commonwealth Association of Museums has released a new publication titled Access in Museums in South Asia: Learning from the Commonwealth Association of Museums' Regional Workshop 2016, in partnership with the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust. The report was published on Saturday, 3 December 2016, International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Edited by Mrinalini Venkateswaran, Catherine C. Cole and Giles Tillotson, the publication is the outcome of a collaborative workshop on 'Access in Museums in South Asia' that was held in the City Palace in Jaipur in March 2016, which brought together a variety of museum and heritage professionals. The publication includes the 'Jaipur Declaration on Access to Museums' which was first issued at the end of the workshop, and practical advice and suggestions on how to become more inclusive as a museum professional and institution, and is intended as a resource to use as well as [...]

Launch of a new book on museum management

THE ARTS AND ARTS MANAGEMENT – Leadership and Cultural Institutions What is involved in managing an arts institution, and how do we go about doing it today, in a world that has become increasingly complex and demanding? What constitutes the leadership one must be capable of providing within large cultural institutions? For several years now, leadership has been a subject of great interest in private enterprise, as well as in the educational milieu. Through this book, we hope to further contribute to the discussion of this matter and to inspire the practice of arts management. It offers a detailed analysis of the dynamics at work in arts organizations and exfamines the way in which their leaders have chosen to meet the challenges with which they are faced. This analysis is supported by the views of important leaders on the cultural scene who have been able to ensure the success of [...]

ICOM Costume Committee

ICOM Costume is pleased to announce that registration for its annual meeting is now open. The meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada, 8-13 September 2015 and the theme of the conference is "exhibitions and interpretation."  It is followed by a post conference tour to Montreal and Ottawa 14-17 September. Paper sessions will be held at iSchool of the University of Toronto, where we'll be the guests of the Museum Studies programme. Afternoons will be filled with visits to key museums in the city including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum and Toronto’s newest museum, the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art. There is also a programme of related evening events. Registration is via the Aga Khan Museum website where you'll find details of registration fees, as well a link to the programme and the registration form. The meeting website, with suggestions for accommodation, details of the post [...]

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