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ICOM in Minneapolis, USA

The 2012 AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo was held from 29 April to 2 May in Minneapolis-Saint Paul around the theme Creative Community.
The ICOM community was actively involved in this year’s meeting, hosting several sessions representing museums and museum projects around the world.

ICOM in Minneapolis, USA

ICOM hosted a booth at the MuseumExpo for three days, as a meeting point for ICOM members at the AAM event and a space for information on the latest ICOM projects and programmes.
ICOM-US also participated in a number of sessions and events, to which Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM and Julien Anfruns, Director General, were invited and had the opportunity to address US members.

In addition, some ICOM International Committees hosted sessions related to their fields:

  • ICOM’s International Committees for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History (ICMAH) had the opportunity to discuss with participants their journey to create explore-proverty.org, whose basic premise is that poverty means something different in different places at different times.
  • ICOM’s International Committees for Regional Museums (ICR) and ICOM’s International Committees for Museums and Collections of Ethnography (ICME) presented creative ideas from small European museums, as part of the Small Museum Day programme during the AAM meeting.

Finally, the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield organised a Business Reception dedicated to the protection of cultural property during armed conflicts, which gathered ICOM representatives among the participants.
Thanks to these sessions, ICOM’s global impact and commitment were highlighted and the work of ICOM members was promoted accordingly.

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