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Here’s to International Museum Day!

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Today is International Museum Day.

Every year the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organizes International Museum Day to raise awareness for museums’ role in “cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.”

This year, the theme for International Museum Day is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition.”  This theme is meant to explore how the role of museums in society is changing.  What this means is that this theme focuses on how museums are becoming more interactive and adaptable while preserving their primary goals of research, communication, education, and conservation.

A statement from ICOM explains:

As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories, and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. This transformation, which will have a profound impact on museum theory and practice, also forces us to rethink the value of museums and to question the ethical boundaries that define the very nature of our work as museum professionals.

At once a focal point for the community and an integral part of a global network, museums offer a platform for translating local communities’ needs and views into a global context.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope that you will join us we celebrate the important role of museums on International Museum Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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