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ICOM launches an Emergency Red List for Egypt

Budget revisions for 2011 and the 2012 budget

The International Committee of the
Blue Shield holds its first conference in the Republic of Korea

ICOM Rio 2013

35 years of International Museum Day

ICOM June Meetings 2012 in Paris

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ICOM launches an Emergency Red List for Egypt

Following several months of preparation, ICOM is delighted to announce the official launch of a new Red List in the coming weeks. The Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk, the 11th publication in ICOM’s Red List series and its third Emergency Red List, is one of the tangible outcomes of ICOM’s involvement in the protection of Egyptian cultural heritage, following the events that shook the country in the past year. The List was drafted in close collaboration with members of ICOM’s International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG), national and international experts in Egyptian art and antiquities, and the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt.

The Emergency Red List was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State.

The official launch of the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk will take place at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Cairo, Egypt, in the presence of ICOM Director General Julien Anfruns, members of the Egyptian government and local heritage institutions, national and international experts, police and customs officials, partners of the project and the media.
The event will be followed by an awareness-raising and capacity-building workshop on the Red List series and its worldwide usage in fighting illicit traffic in cultural goods.

The Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk will have a print run of 10,000 copies and will be available in four languages (English, Arabic, French and German). It will be distributed worldwide to police and customs officials, art and heritage professionals and other concerned parties, and will be available to download free of charge on ICOM’s online Red List database:

The publication of this new Emergency Red List reaffirms ICOM’s long-standing commitment to the fight against illicit traffic in cultural heritage, specifically in post-crisis situations.

ICOM Network

Save the date!

ICOM Belgium
5 March, 2012
Annual Conference
Venue: Gallo-Romeins Museum, Tongres
info@museumvereniging.be or

DEMHIST (ICOM International Committee for Historic House Museums)
18 - 20 April, 2012
Perugia, Italy
International Conference
Theme: House Museums. The Owners and their Art Collections
Venue: Palazzo di Sorbello House Museum, Perugia
More information: http://demhist.icom.museum

29 April – 2 May, 2012
Minneapolis, MN., USA
ICOM US Annual Meeting
in cooperation with the AAM Annual
Contact: Erik Ledbetter
More information:

CAMOC (ICOM International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities)
Spring, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal
Theme: Reborn Cities...disasters and the city museum
More information:

CIMCIM (ICOM International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections)
15 - 20 May, 2012
New York, USA
41st Annual AMIS/CIMCIM Meeting
Theme: The Arts and Artists of Musical Instruments / Do displayed instruments become works of art? 
Venue: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Manhattan School of Music
Contact: James Kopp;
More information

ICOM SEE (Regional Alliance of ICOM for South East Europe)
Zagreb, Croatia
Spring 2012
Regional Scientific Conference
Theme: Proposals for recovery and revitalization of heritage in the region of South East Europe – “Risk assessment of cultural and natural heritage in the region of South East Europe”
Contact: seeicom@gmail.com

GLASS (ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass)
NYC, Corning and Toledo, USA
5 - 9 June and 10 - 11 June, 2012
Annual Conference
More information:

CIDOC (ICOM International Committee for Documentation)
Helsinki, Finland,
10 - 14 June, 2012
Theme: Enriching Cultural Heritage
More information:

International Bodensee Symposium
Meeting of German-speaking Committees
21 - 24 June, 2012
Theme: Das Museumsobjekt (und seine Wirkung auf den Besucher) - The museum object (and its impact on the visitor)
Contact: ICOM Deutschland,
Email: icom@icom-deutschland.de

The Inclusive Museum Conference 2012
Cave Hill, Barbados
2 - 5 August, 2012
5th International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, the University of the West Indies
More information:

AVICOM annual meeting

In collaboration with ICOM Canada and the Board of Montreal Museum Directors, AVICOM will be hosting its annual general meeting, its conference and the FIAMP (Festival international de l'audiovisuel et du multimédia sur le patrimoine) Award ceremonies in Montreal from 9 to 12 October, 2012. Under the banner of New Technologies, New Museologies?, this event will explore and debate the impact of technologies on museum media programming.

AVICOM is currently seeking presentation proposals, which can be submitted by filling out the submission form on the AVICOM website: www.avicom.icom.museum Museums and their partners are also invited to begin submitting their nominations for the FIAMP Award.

Budget revisions for 2011 and the 2012 budget

The revised budget for 2011 and the 2012 budget were first presented in November 2011 to the Finance and Resources Committee, and then approved by the Executive Council during its 121st session held on 4 - 5 December, 2011. ICOM is currently in the process of closing its accounts for the fiscal year ended 31 December, 2011. A balanced final result is expected both in 2011 and 2012. The revised budget for 2011 and the 2012 budget, including contributions in kind, amount to €3,123,020 and €3,723,101 respectively.
Key figures, expressed in euros, are as outlined in the following table:


In terms of revenue, the figures outlined take into account:

* a percentage increase of almost 5% in membership reflecting the overall trend noted in 2011 and the expected return to a higher level of membership in Spain and the Netherlands; and
* a reinforced fundraising policy based on contact made over the last two years with potential institutional donors, including the renewed relationship with the Prince Claus Foundation and the unprecedented support received from the Getty Foundation.

In terms of expenses, both budgets reflect the orientations defined in the 2011 - 2013 Strategic Plan and their implementation, including:

* the gradual introduction of the private collaborative platform;
* the development of publishing activities, including the digital edition of ICOM News;
* a promotional campaign to increase the visibility of ICOM’s activities; and
* the publication of 3 Red Lists (Africa, Dominican Republic, Egypt), the potential implementation of an International Observatory for the fight against illicit traffic in cultural property and an updated version of the Museums Emergency Programme.

ICOM will continue to monitor its budget carefully throughout 2012.

The International Committee of the Blue Shield holds its first conference in the Republic of Korea

The first International Conference of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 8 to 10 December 2011, on the theme Protecting the World’s Cultural Heritage in Times of Change: Emergency Preparedness and Response.

blue shield 2011

The International Council of Museums, with the help of the Ministry of Culture of Korea and the National Museum of Korea, organised this first International Conference of ICBS, which brought together professionals and experts from the international heritage community. The conference also benefited from the valuable input and expertise of professionals in the military, humanitarian, meteorological and information technology disciplines.
Among the important issues discussed by participants were:

* The new challenges of climate change in the scope of natural disasters affecting cultural heritage;
* The enhancement of protection through improved cooperation with military professionals;
* The need to make better use of satellite imagery and information technology, and to collaborate with humanitarian organisations.

The discussions led to The Seoul Declaration on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations, which emphasises the importance of the Blue Shield in future international relief efforts for heritage, the necessity of gathering adequate resources for the completion of its mandate, and the need for improved cross-sector collaboration for the protection of cultural heritage in emergency situations. The proceedings of the conference are currently being drafted.

For more information: http://www.icbs2011seoul.org/
Contact: secretariat.paris@blueshield-international.org

ICOM Rio 2013

ICOM is pleased to announce that its 23rd General Conference will be held from 10 to 17 August, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new dates have been chosen to ensure the best visiting conditions for participants.


ICOM News goes digital

The new digital edition of ICOM News, Vol 64, No. 3 was launched and sent out to members in December 2011. The ergonomic and environmentally friendly digital edition is presented in a flip-book format (best viewed with Internet Explorer version 8). The zoom function allows you to enlarge the text and move around the page as required, while readers wishing to print specific articles may also do so.

This latest issue contains a special report on museum education, a focus on the Museum and Memory theme, and a Best Practices feature on fundraising in museums. If you have not received your digital edition of ICOM News, it may be because we do not have an up-to-date, valid e-mail address for you.

Please inform us of any change of address (email or postal) by filling in the following form on our website: http://archives.icom.museum/

We will ensure that your information is updated and that you receive the next issue of ICOM News.

35 years of International Museum Day

Did you know…
…in 1992, for the first time ever ICOM suggested a theme for International Museum Day: Museums and Environment? The aim was to encourage diversity in unity as the event gained momentum around the globe, from America to Oceania, Europe and Asia.

IMD news:IMD2012

This year, ICOM is launching a photo contest, called Me in my Museum, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Museum Day! Come celebrate IMD’s anniversary with us by taking a picture of yourself, alone or with friends, in your favourite museum, with the official logo created for the event displayed! Museum lovers everywhere are invited to participate and send us their photos before 22 April, 2012. The winner(s) will receive a “goodie bag” full of items from museum stores around the world.

All information is available on the IMD 2012 official website:
and Facebook page:

IMD is on Facebook!

Following on from the success of last year’s Facebook page, which attracted more than 1,500 fans, IMD has launched a new page for 2012. Become a fan of the official IMD 2012 page and keep up to date with all the latest news:

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ICOM June Meetings 2012 in Paris

In accordance with articles 10 and 14 of the ICOM Statutes, ICOM’s June meetings will be held on 4 – 6 June, 2012.
Details of the schedule will be communicated to you in the coming enewsletters and in ICOM News.

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