The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Momentum has been rising unabated ever since. In 2012, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with almost 32,000 museums hosting events in more than 129 countries. The worldwide community of museums will celebrate the next International Museum Day on 18 May, 2013.
The theme: Museums (memory + creativity) = social change
The museum community decided to celebrate IMD 2013 around the theme Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change.
Our rich heritage, which museums both display and protect, is associated with inventiveness and vitality, both of which have characterized the museum sector in recent years and are museums’ greatest strengths.
ICOM General Director, Julien Anfruns adds: “Reconciling their traditional mission of preservation with cultivation of the creativity necessary for renewal and visitor growth is the evolution that museums are striving for, with the firm conviction that their presence and their actions can change society in a constructive manner.”
This truly optimistic theme in the form of an equation dynamically gathers several concepts that are essential to defining what a museum is today, highlighting the universal nature of those institutions and their positive influence on society. It summarises the complexity of museum tasks and recalls that they are meant to contribute to community development and gathering together.
For more information on International Museum Day, please visit the event’s website: http://imd.icom.museum.
Here you can find an ever-growing list of the activities being organised around the world by participating museums.
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