The NAGB is pleased to share the new ICOFOM LAC Publication Perspectivas latinoamericanas y caribeñas para la discusión sobre la nueva definición de museo / Perspectivas latino-americanas e caribenhas para a discussão sobre a nova definição de museus / Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives on the New Museum Definition edited by Vinicius Monção and Luciana Carvalho! This publication includes a 5000-word paper entitled “Accessing Caribbean Definitions Of The Museum: A Preliminary Assessment” that was produced by the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) and translated into Spanish, French, Dutch, Papiamento and Portuguese. It includes the contributions of fifty-one museum and arts professionals from the Dutch, Spanish, French and English-speaking Caribbean, including The Bahamas .
In January 2021, MAC formed the Museums Definition Sub-committee to work with the ICOFOM LAC team and ICOM Barbados on the project, “Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives on the New Museum Definition”, which fed into the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) initiative “The proposal for a new museum definition”. Recently ICOM announced the adoption of a new museum definition at its general assembly in Prague. The new definition is as follows:
“A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Open to the public, accessible and inclusive, museums foster diversity and sustainability. They operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of communities, offering varied experiences for education, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing.”
The publication can be accessed on the ICOFOM Website