The annual meeting of ICOM International was held in Paris from June 4 to 8. As president, I was present at all meetings.
Apart from the points generally raised on the advisory committee agendas, such as the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting, certain points stood out for me concerning the enrichment of the network of museums in general and committees in particular.
A report was presented on the status of the preparations for next year’s general meeting. I had the opportunity to have lunch with Carlos Roberto F. Brandão, President of ICOM Brazil and the initiator of the Brazilian project. In addition, AVICOM received confirmation of the agreement from the Chair of CECA (Education and Cultural Action), regarding the joint presentation of a portion of our conferences in Rio. The theme of the Rio Triennial is Museums (memory + creativity = social change).
After a vote from delegates, Milan was chosen as the next host of the Triennial in 2016. ICOM Canada delegates, myself included, showed solidarity. Proxy voting was employed.
Three discussion groups met for over an hour. I moderated one of these groups and made the public report. The theme was “museum management in the current economic context.” Some fifty people took part in the discussion, which could take place in French, English or Spanish. One of the issues raised was the skills that are now required by museum directors. This question was an interesting one, since it provided a profile of the challenges faced by directors. Here is a summary of the main aptitudes required:
Discussions also related to the means ICOM should employ in fostering the development of these skills. This subject is of interest to all museums, including those of Montreal and Quebec, since it involves possible courses of action to be taken by ICOM worldwide, which are equally applicable regionally.
A text on the international ICOM website provides further details on these exchanges.
This meeting involving all specialized committees was an opportunity to discuss exchange practices that could serve to better develop common projects. In this regard, ICOMMUNITY is seen as a new platform for professional content, considering how difficult it is for museologists to travel abroad to initiate new projects.
New procedures for presenting financial statements were also announced, which will give ICOM a clearer overall view of its financial resources. This followed a request from the French auditor.
Manon Blanchette Ph.D.