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ICOM-US Presents Inaugural Webinar Series: What is a Museum?
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WHAT IS A MUSEUM?
AN EXPLORATION IN SIX PARTS

Webinar Series 


Join your museum colleagues to discuss what makes a museum, a museum. The very core of our existence is being questioned today both within the museum field and the broader society. We are at a transformative moment in the history of museums. Contribute to this critical dialogue in a series of webinars investigating how museums meet their sustainable, ethical, political, social and cultural responsibilities in the 21st century. This six-part series brings international museum experts together to contribute to our understanding of the challenges in our world and thoughts toward a new definition for “museum” in the United States.
 
Webinar Series sponsored by the US National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-US)
Register Today for the Introduction Webinar!
INTRODUCTION WEBINAR MODERATED BY
Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez
Executive Director, Museo de Arte de Ponce, ICOM-US Executive Committee 
Kate Quinn
Executive Director, James A. Michener Art Museum, ICOM-US Executive Committee

INTRODUCTION
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
12pm EST


What is the purpose of museums today? How do museums meet their sustainable, ethical, political, social, cultural challenges and responsibilities in the 21st century? Do museums reflect the accountability and transparency under which they are expected to acquire and use their material, financial, social and intellectual resources?

Register per webinar to attend: limited seats available

ICOM Members: Free to attend
Non-Members: $20 registration fee


Not a member? If you apply to become an ICOM-US member prior to the live webinar, we will honor your application for membership and adjust your registration fee to give you access as a member to the webinars at zero cost.
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Upcoming Events for 

WHAT IS A MUSEUM? AN EXPLORATION IN SIX PARTS

Webinar Series 

 

Registration and speaker information coming soon, save the date!
Third Tuesday of each month at 12pm Eastern

 
PART 1: SAFE PLACES OR SOCIAL SPACES? 
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
12pm EST


Museums are committed to be recognized as meaningful meeting places, open and diverse platforms for learning, exchange, and progress. What should be the role of museums in a time of social scrutiny and transformation? What actions can be taken to provide a wide and inclusive experience to share knowledge and promote understanding in a safe environment for all?
PART 2: THE FUNCTION OF COLLECTING
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
12pm EST


The defining essential unity in museums are the functions of collecting, preserving, documenting, researching, exhibiting and in other ways, communicating and interpreting evidence of human culture and history for the benefit of everyone. Should our collections shift as our communities do? In a world aimed towards political correctness, how do we address collections as a result of power and colonization? The elephant in the room … deaccession!
PART 3: THE WHITENESS OF MUSEUMS 
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
12pm EST


Museums are undergoing an effort to acknowledge and recognize with concern the legacies and continuous presence of deep societal inequalities and asymmetries of power and wealth across the globe, nationally, regionally, and locally. How could museums reverse their lineage and attain diversity in a continuous organic fashion? Can tokenism eventually lead to core transformation and inclusion?
PART 4: MUSEUMS AS INFLUENCERS 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
12pm EST


Museums have a shared commitment, responsibility, and authority in relationship to their communities. Museums are places of learning and exploration, key institutions for influence and dissemination of public scholarship. How can museums best portray the identity and memory of their communities? How can museums not only chronicle the past, but depict the present and become touchstones for the future of their communities?
PART 5: CRISIS: ENVIRONMENTALISM, SUSTAINABILITY, AND MUSEUMS
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12pm EST


Museums must acknowledge the urgency of the crisis in nature and the imperative need to develop and implement sustainable solutions. How prepared are museums to face climate change, civil unrest, and economic crisis? The toll to pay when preparedness is the last of our priorities.
PART 6: WHAT NOW?
Thursday, May 13, 2021 
12pm EST
Speakers to include: Lonnie Bunch, ICOM-US Co-Chair and the ICOM-US Museum Definition Task Force.


Museums are often perceived as solid institutions with a slow adjustment to change. What is the future of museums in a fast-changing world of economic uncertainty, social disruption, health challenges and climate change? What is the essence that should define us now? What lessons have we learned from the needs of the communities we claim to serve and how can we better adapt to shift our priorities in a faster and efficient way?
Pilot Webinar Series Organized by the ICOM-US Program Committee and ICOM-US Museum Definition Task Force members.
 
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Not a member? (worth a second thought) The annual ICOM-US regular membership fee is cheaper than registering to attend the full 6 part webinar series as a non-member. Join as a member today to attend the series for free!
ICOM-US 2021 membership renewals are now open. If you have not yet renewed you can do so by logging into your profile here.
 
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