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IMD Think Piece by Mohamed A. Cissé, independent curator and art advisor, Senegal

Crises, whatever their nature may be, require change, transformation and, indeed, adaptation.  The COVID-19 health crisis will necessarily also impose such. Over the past two months, the culture sector, like other industries, has had to cope by rethinking its model.  Therefore, I think that in the future, for more inclusion and ...
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IMD Think Piece by Dr. Joy Chih-Ning Hsin, Chief of Education and Extension Division, National Museum of History, Taiwan

Times of crisis, like COVID-19, present huge challenges for museums’ resilience.  Museums in Taiwan, relatively speaking, survived during this pandemic due to an early and fast response from the government on epidemic prevention for all.  Most museums remain open with limited attendants and social distancing on the one hand, and ...
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IMD Think Piece by Kofo Adeleke, President, Legacy1995, Nigeria

While the Covid-19 pandemic initially pulled Legacy’s small ‘mini museum’ activities to a sharp standstill, along with ongoing plans to celebrate Legacy’s 25th anniversary, it has most definitely given a big kick-start to ambitions laying on the back burner, such as making greater use of digital technology.  Like others, since ...
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Museum Detox Coronavirus Emergency Fund

Museum Detox is a network for museum and heritage workers who identify as of colour. If you can, please support their members experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis. A recent survey of their members has highlighted the economic challenges many in the Museum Detox network are experiencing during the current ...
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Greece to Reopen Archaeological Sites on 18 May 2020

This article was first published by the Greek Reporter https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/04/30/greece-to-reopen-archaeological-sites-on-may-18/ Greece announced on Wednesday that all archaeological sites in the nation, which were closed for two months as part of the country’s coronavirus containment measures, will reopen to the public on May 18. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said that new visitor rules ...
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Museums and COVID-19: 8 steps to support community resilience

This article was first published by ICOM https://icom.museum/en/news/museums-and-covid-19-8-steps-to-support-community-resilience/ Cultural and creative sectors are among the most affected by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and museums are no exception. We acknowledge the manifold challenges faced by museums and museum professionals during this time and urge policy- and decision-makers to rapidly allocate relief ...
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Exhibitions Going Green Survey 2018 – 10 years on

Dear Museum and Gallery Colleagues, I hope you will be interested in the attached 2018 Summary Report that is drawn from the data responses to the 2018 on-line Exhibitions Going Green survey. The original survey was carried out in 2008, so ten years on during 2018–2019 we issued the survey again to ...
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‘We are being tried’: How museum curators are adapting for the present and future

This article was first published by the Boston Globe https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/30/arts/we-are-being-tried-how-museum-curators-are-adapting-present-future/ Peabody Essex Museum curator Petra Slinkard was excited about a certain shipment — 60 carefully chosen women’s clothing items on loan from the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, in the Netherlands. But when the pandemic spread through the world, closing museums along with ...
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Many Museums Won’t Survive the Virus. How Do You Close One Down?

This article was first published by The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/arts/design/how-do-you-close-a-museum.html The Charles Dickens Museum in London has fallen on hard times. For 95 years, the collection, in the home of the “Oliver Twist” and “Great Expectations” author, has been financed by ticket sales and other earned income. But with no visitors since ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Gus Casely-Hayford, Director V&A East, London

International Museum Day (IMD) takes place on Monday 18 May 2020.  The theme selected by ICOM for 2020 is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.  Visit ICOM’s IMD website for more information on the theme and to see the map of events taking place digitally across the world http://imd.icom.museum/ To mark IMD2020, ...
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