Museum Representatives from Around the World Convene for Museums Connect Colloquium

October 23, 2013

From September 23-25, 2013, representatives from 10 American museums met their overseas counterparts in Washington, D.C. during the 2013 Museums Connect Colloquium.  

Held by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums, the Colloquium gave the 2013 Museums Connect partners an opportunity to discuss how they will implement their year-long projects, best practices, and program objectives. Participants also met with Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs senior leadership to learn about the Department’s public diplomacy objectives and how their projects will help achieve those goals.

“Museums play a vital role in people-to-people diplomacy,” said Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan. “Through Museums Connect, communities in the United States and abroad develop a broader understanding of one another's cultures by participating in museum-facilitated collaborative projects.”

Museums Connect links U.S. communities with communities around the world through innovative, museum-based exchanges that foster mutual understanding while focusing on important topics like: climate change, women’s empowerment, disability awareness, and civic engagement. Museums Connect projects pair cultural institutions in the United States with partners abroad and involve community members, particularly youth, to reach beyond institutional walls. 

To apply to the Museums Connect program or for a full description of this year’s Museums Connect partnerships click here