May 14, 2017

International Museum Day 2017: Museums as tools for creating peaceful communities

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  • The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017 with the theme Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.

    SAY THE UNSPEAKABLE. Museums have had a way of telling stories that people are afraid to tell AND hear. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) gives people a chance to see these stories during International Museum Day, happening on May 18 in museums around the world./IMAGE ICOM

    This theme focuses on the role of museums that, by working to benefit society, become hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people. It also highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.

    By choosing to say the unspeakable in museums, the theme of IMD 2017 gives us a way to understand the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories we have grown to know. It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing these accounts through mediation and multiple points of view.

    Cultural institutions of all types around the world have been invited to join in this celebration, with Yuchengo Museum already throwing its name in the proverbial hat. Museums will be offering free admission, making it a perfect money-saving way to spend your Thursday!

    Make sure you check with your local museum to see their activities for IMD 2017. Better yet: bookmark our page as we will be listing down some of the participating museums in Metro Manila!

    This is a press release edited for posting.
    Source: International Council of Museums, Yuchengco Museum

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