- April 2005
Museum Day 2005 - "Museums Bridging Cultures"
is inviting museums all over the world to celebrate International
Museum Day on 18 May 2005.
To pay tribute to cultural diversity and to encourage museums
in their role of spanning various ethnic, religious, and
national divides, this year's theme is "Museums
have unique potential for addressing and fostering cultural
understanding in interdisciplinary ways and reaching a wide
cross-section of the world's population. The International
Council of Museums (ICOM) supports international initiatives,
partnering programs, and multicultural activities in museums
on an ongoing basis.
For International Museum Day, ICOM also proposes specific
activities linked to highlighting this theme
on the 18th of May.
means "sharing" - the mutual appreciation of differences
and valuing diversity encourages vibrant and innovative
Alissandra Cummins, President of ICOM, reflects: "In communities
around the world the museum functions actively and recognizably
as a valued instrument in the bridging of cultures, treating
the cultures of rich and poor, large and small countries
as equals, to help develop respect and appreciation for
other cultures, and to enhance these communities' ability
to equitably interrelate across cultural borders, whether
real or imagined."
year's International Museum Day aims at raising public awareness
about the vital role museums play in celebrating differences.
On one level, museums create a new sense of community by
giving value to a common cultural heritage. On another,
museums can also highlight the role of individuals and groups
whose singularities and differences are the cornerstone
of the diversity inherent to that common heritage.
more than twenty thousand members in 115 countries, ICOM
is itself a perfect example of a multicultural, interdisciplinary
community. Initiated by ICOM in 1977, International Museum
Day is an annual event establishing and strengthening cooperation
between and among museums and museum professionals.
is therefore fitting that this year's theme is descriptive
of the historical, present and future mission of ICOM, bringing
museum people together worldwide, turning bridges into networks.
further information about the theme or the activities planned
for International Museum Day :