Met to Host International Museum Management Conference

By Victoria Bekiempis on July 29, 2013 10:31am 

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 FIfth Ave., will host a first-of-its kind international museum management conference in April 2014, officials recently announced.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 FIfth Ave., will host a first-of-its kind international museum management conference in April 2014, officials recently announced.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch an international museum management conference in April, institution officials recently announced.

The Global Museum Leaders Colloquium, billed as a "two-week pilot program" to "stimulate and broaden international dialogue" on management and collections care, will occur from April 7 to April 18 2014, the Met said in a statement.

The colloquium will bring together some 12 to 15 museum directors from around the world, "in particular from museums in Asia, Africa, and Latin America," the Met said in a statement.

Over the 12 days of the colloquium, participants will learn how the Met works "from curatorial research, collections management, and conservation to fundraising, education, governance, and digital communications."

Visiting museum directors, many of whom represent institutions in developing nations, will also discuss the challenges they face, such as securing monetary resources during economic doldrums.

Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the museum, said the colloquium is in keeping with the Met's longstanding tradition of being an "international museum" since its founding 143 years ago. 

"Given the breadth and depth of our holdings, it is our responsibility to encourage a dialogue that can benefit museums worldwide, one that reinforces their relevance and encourages their appropriate stewardship," he said in a statement. "The Global Museum Leaders Colloquium has been designed specifically to address a broad range of museum management issues, and we look forward to welcoming our colleagues to the Met next spring.”

The final roster of attendees will be announced in November, the Met said.

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