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13-14 August 2013, Cidade das Artes

Federation of International Human Rights Museums

The theme for this year’s INTERCOM meeting is Museums and Human Rights. For this reason we are joining with the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) to deliver challenging and thought-provoking sessions.

At the INTERCOM2009 meeting in Torreon, Mexico a Declaration was proclaimed that called attention to a museum’s responsibility to promote Human Rights:

INTERCOM believes that it is a fundamental responsibility of museums, wherever possible, to be active in promoting diversity and human rights, respect and equality for people of all origins, beliefs and background.

This Declaration is central to INTERCOM as it addresses the subject of changing roles of museums and current challenges in museum management. The Torreon Declaration has since been quoted throughout the international museum world. Museums need to learn new skills as the importance of social responsibility continues to grow. David Fleming, founding President of FIHRM, argues that museums should actively take a position on controversial and difficult issues. Museums should place themselves at the heart of debates and be open about political issues. Many museums, regardless of size or resources, share similar challenges in dealing with difficult and controversial subjects.

In these sessions we wish to look at recent and current examples of progressive work, in terms of combating inequalities, discrimination and other human rights abuses.


INTERCOM - Special Workshop It's all about values and vision

15 August 2013, Oi Futuro Flamengo, Rio

Address: Rua 2 de Dezembro, 63 – Flamengo
Information: 31 (21) 3131-3060

On Thursday INTERCOM will hold a special workshop on missions and values. The workshop will look at how museums can advocate their vision, aims and beliefs successfully to their public, staff and external stakeholders. We will look at different mission statements and why they are fundamental to shaping successful strategic planning and effective museum management and what is important for funding bodies. Led by Sharon Granville, Executive Director of the Museum of Liverpool, UK, we will explore how to articulate successful and meaningful mission statements that encapsulate your unique organisation. There will also be input from Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, museum funding body, the Heritage Agency in Denmark and State System of Museums Sao Paolo.

Participants to the workshop are invited to bring examples of mission statements so we can look together at actual examples in an interactive forum and discuss the political and social challenges museums may face when communicating their values.

The workshop will take place on 15 August at 1:30pm – 4:30pm at the Cultural Centre of Oi Futuro.

This workshop is being held in collaboration with British Council Brazil as part of the Transform programme.

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Special Evening of Memorial Lectures

13 August 2013, Cidade das Artes

Poster for memorial lectures

We are delighted to be part of a joint in event with ICOM Austria, ICTOP, ICEE, CECA and together we will be hosting a Special Evening of Memorial Lectures. This year, Luisa de Pena, Director General of the Dominican Resistance Memorial Museum and Executive Director of the Mirabal Sisters House Museum will deliver the 8th Stephen E. Weil Memorial Lecture. Luisa will present an analysis of museums as institutions with a responsibility to treat issues of human rights and democratic values, working with historical facts and their application in the present.

More information:

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