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.
To mark IMD2020, ICOM UK and the British Council have developed a programme of events and activities that engage museum workers and audiences in a conversation about diversity and inclusion post-COVID-19:
- Think Pieces: We have invited museums leaders from around the world to contribute short reflections or provocations aimed at inspiring new thinking and stimulating action. The first pieces, written by Gus Casely-Hayford, Director V&A East, London and Raphael Chikukwa, Acting Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, are published below. New pieces will be published throughout the month of May.
- In Conversation: On Monday 18 May, 12:00 – 13:30 BST, ICOM UK will host three short panel discussions on Zoom with professionals in the sector exploring various threads of the theme including disability and access and digital technology, framed within the current context of COVID-19. View the full programme and reserve your free place here
- Community Crowdsource: During the COVID-19 crisis, ICOM UK invites all members to reflect on what they can do to increase museum diversity and inclusion. Members can post their individual commitments to diversity and inclusion on an online corkboard (Padlet) and via a Twitter campaign. We will share these ideas to inspire others to action.
- ArtUK online exhibition from the British Council Collections curated by Tonya Nelson, Chair, ICOM UK
We look forward to hearing from all of our UK ICOM members and the wider museum community to help build a new future 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/
IMD2020 Think Pieces
María del Pilar Riofrío, MUCEN, Lima, Peru
Rubén Buitrón, El Brujo Arqueological Complex, Peru
Dr. Maria Mok, Museum Director, Hong Kong Museum of Art (HKMoA)
Mr Gong Liang, Director of Nanjing Museum, China