May 18 is International Museum Day

Self has just learned that the International Council of Museums has designated Tuesday, May 18, as International Museum Day.  Since 1977, museums all around the world have been invited to participate in this annual celebration.  The theme for 2010 is “Museums for Social Harmony.”

Here are just a few of the participating countries/museums:

Azerbaijan:    In conjunction with International Museum Day, museums throughout the country will hold special events to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Azerbaijani composer, Uzeir Hajibekov.

Greece:    The National History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest will organize a series of events under the subtheme “Geodiversity:  The Other Aspect of Biodiversity.”

Mongolia:    The Choijin Lama Temple Museum will organize a “Tsam Dance Mask” performance.

The Philippines:    The Museo de Oro of Xavier University will be organizing “a day festival featuring indigenous dances of the Tinguians of Abra province and Matigsalug Manobo of Bukidnon.  The theme is that the indigenous people of the north (Luzon) come together with the indigenous people of Mindanao in building peace through the arts, music, dance, and culture.”

United States:    In commemoration of International Museum Day, the following museums will offer free admission on May 18 (The below is just a partial list) :

  • Museums in Erie County, Ohio
  • Selected Museums in Arizona (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg; River of Time Museum in Fountain Hills; Artpace, San Antonio)
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Frick Collection
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Walker Art Center
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Yale University Art Gallery

(YAY!  Sole fruit of self’s loins just walked in the door!  And he is sooo skinny!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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