On May 18, 2012, SCFM joined the global museum community in celebrating the 35th annual Museum Day, an event organized by the International Committee of Museums (ICOM).
Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is held worldwide sometime around 18 May. This year, the museum community celebrated the 35th anniversary of this event; more than 30,000 museums in around 100 countries held special activities on this occasion.
The theme of the 2012 International Museum Day, "Museums in a Changing World: New Challenges, New Inspirations", invited museums and their visitors to wonder about the role of museums in our society, in an era of numerous changes. International Museum Day 2012 was as much about museums growing and shaping their future, as it is about displaying and interpreting new issues like climate change, new media or social responsibility. International Museum Day was also a fantastic opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public, organizing dedicated activities around the theme.
Visit the official International Museum Day 2012 website and Facebook page for more information and to see how the global community celebrated the role of museums in our lives.
Museum Day in South Carolina
Beginning in 2001, the Governor of South Carolina has proclaimed May 18 as "South Carolina Museum Day." The event has grown into an annual celebration observed by small and large museums with events ranging from free admission to special tours highlighting the contributions to museums our communities. View the official Governor's Proclamation of May 18, 2012, as South Carolina Museum Day.
About International Museum Day
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.
From America to Oceania, through Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day is a special moment for the global museum community. On this day, participating museums interpret an issue affecting cultural organizations. International Museum Day is also a fantastic opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public. Museums are at the heart of the system, institutions that serve and develop society.
Traditionally, International Museum Day is organized around 18 May. It can last for a day, a weekend or a whole week as long as the objective remains focused on the motto: "Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples".
Created in 1946, ICOM is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals on a global level.
ICOM is an international non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. Within the United Nations, ICOM has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
- A diplomatic forum made up of representatives from 137 countries and territories.
- Standards of excellence for museums including ethics (ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums).
- A unique international network of more than 30,000 museum professionals around the world.
- A think-tank composed of 31 International Committees which represent museums' specialties.
- Missions of international public service notably in the fight against illicit traffic of cultural property and emergency programs in case of natural disasters or armed conflicts.