We hope you and those close to you are staying safe and adapting, as we are too, to the latest unknowns. We need your help, especially now, when museums of all kinds are being called on to examine past practice and to enter new frontiers. To that end, we hope you will help us continue the effort of International Council of Museums (ICOM) over the last several years to find a more up-to-date, more relevant, improved definition of “museum.”
ICOM appointed a committee, the ICOM Museum Definition Task Force Committee, to produce the new definition to be presented to the General Conference in Kyoto in 2019. Museum professionals from around the world contributed to this process. Delegates to the Triennial General Conference sent the new definition as presented back to the membership for refinement. Thus, we ask your help in perfecting the definition or offering a new one.
Please help us by taking the survey below so that we may report to ICOM the opinions, suggestions, ideas, and beliefs of our members as we search for the truest, the most accessible, and the clearest definition of who we are, what we stand for, and how we face an uncertain future with the conviction that museums will stand at the forefront of confronting the challenges of global sustainability and humankind’s melioration. We look forward to your thoughts as we perform this necessary and important work in concert with you.
Also, please watch for and join our interactive sessions on Museum Definition and Hot Topics from Kyoto 2019 as a part of the AAM's virtual conference in June. More information on date and time will follow. Please check here for updates.
For more information on the background of the museum definition process, please visit the ICOM website here.
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The ICOM-US National Committee Museum Definition Task Force
Kathy Dwyer Southern, Professor, Museum Studies Program at the George Washington University
Bill Eiland, Director at the Georgia Museum of Art
Lyndel King, Director & Chief Curator at the Weisman Art Museum
Diana Pardue, Director, Museum Services Division Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island and Chair, DRMC
Kate Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum)
Rick West, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Autry National Center of the American West