The (Museum) World Comes to Houston

The Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo™ in Houston will mark the second year AAM has made a concerted outreach effort to international museum colleagues, hosting an impressive contingent from China, Latin America and the Middle East. The objective is to share knowledge, learn from our respective experiences and build collegial relationships around the world

“Cultural exchanges have long been a staple of U.S. ties with other nations,” said AAM president Ford W. Bell. “Understanding other cultures is where wisdom comes from, and such understanding is essential to building friendship and inspiring cooperation. Museums play a big part in building that trust”

In Houston, AAM expects a large contingent of attendees from over 40 countries, who will participate in a special Global Views Track of over 24 sessions, some of which will be simultaneously translated into Chinese, Spanish and Arabic, as well as a series of roundtable discussions with colleagues from around the world.  At the 2010 AAM Los Angeles meeting, the roundtables were the forum for genuine pan-Pacific connections, offering frank, open and constructive dialogue.

The international participants will also come together at the Global Views Reception on Sunday, May 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. We urge everyone to register for the reception on the AAM website and join us that evening in welcome our international colleagues to Houston.

International attendees are also invited to stop by the International Lounge, located in the George R.Brown Convention Center, Room 360 D. The lounge is open to attendees from 12-5 pm on Sunday and 8 am-5 pm from Monday thru Wednesday.

The Arabic facet of the Global Views Track is sponsored by The King Abdulaziz Center, an initiative of Saudi Aramco, and Aramco Services Company. Fellowship support for international attendees is provided by The Getty Foundation, Fundación Jumex, Agustin Coppel and the US Embassy, Mexico City.

Can’t make the meeting, but still want a piece of the action? Bring Houston to you!  AAM offers a Virtual Conference with select sessions, including “Museums Go Multilingual: Tools, Tricks and Trends for Presenting Museum Content for Everyone.”

Click here to register!

See you in Houston!
看到你在休斯敦
Nos vemos en Houston!
نراكم في هيوستن

–Dewey Blanton, American Association of Museums

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