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Multi-Sensory learning at the Museum April 21, 2014

Learning through discovery is a powerful form of learning. Often times a question is answered that was not asked creating knowledge beyond the expected. In addition, the result is often more questions and the pursuit of further understanding. Museums offer this valuable form of learning, discovery.

Museums are recognizing that there is even more that they can do. They can lengthen the retention of the knowledge learned. Retention can be extended through the use of multi-sensory learning.

The rhetorical question is asked in Trendswatch 2014, “Remember when you looked at a painting, listened to music, tasted your food, smelled
perfume and touched a (real, physical) object?” The human senses encourage memory retention. The report goes on to say “The demand for multisensory experiences is accelerated by discoveries documenting the utility as well as the artistic challenge and the sheer fun of engaging all the senses.”

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) recognized the advantage of a multi-sensory experience quite a long time ago. The IMC has touch screen videos in select exhibits where the visitor can interact directly and choose to experience what the indigenous people see and hear. An example would be listening to the sound of a “Talking Drum“. The IMC also provides “Discovery Boxes” where the visitor can handle artifacts while following instructions that increase the engagement of the visitor with the daily lives of people living in far-away lands.

Discovery Boxes and the Electronic Field Trip are available for educational institutions to use at their locations. Engage the senses to encourage discovery and the retention of the information learned. For more information contact the International Museum of Cultures at 972-572-0462.Cultural context education



The IMC Continues its Mission Through Programs Seminars and Exhibits March 31, 2014

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) is “A Center for Global Awareness”

Building on the past and looking to the future, the Board of Trustees of the International Museum of Cultures adopted an updated mission statement.

Mission: The International Museum of Cultures provides a venue for opportunities to enhance the public’s understanding, involvement and appreciation of contemporary world cultures through programs, seminars and exhibits. International Museum of Cultures

Below are other important facts about the IMC:

Location: The International Museum of Cultures is located on the access road of Highway 67 in Duncanville, TX. Situated conveniently between all of Southwest Dallas’ major suburban cities and only minutes from downtown Dallas, the IMC is easily accessible to all.

Description: The International Museum of Cultures is the only contemporary cultural anthropology institution in the state of Texas to focus on indigenous peoples and to understand the challenges of existing communities in remote locations of the world. Through exhibits, educational programs, and public events, the IMC celebrates people of diverse cultures in an effort to embrace and promote understanding of cultural differences found both in isolated areas of the world and in our own community. Our focus on living peoples rather than on those of the past provides a rich platform from which to address questions of ethnic and cultural diversity – the Museum’s central interest.

History: The IMC was developed by linguists and anthropologists associated with SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) and chartered in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the supervision of Dr. William Merrifield. The Museum exhibits are taken directly from the experiences of field linguists. They are rich in the detail and understanding that can only come from first hand knowledge of living in these remote communities and in sharing and appreciating their cultures and friendships. Facility: The Museum occupies its own 20,000 sq. ft. building on highway 67 in Southwest Dallas County. We have a community room that seats 50-75 and conference room available for rental. Our upstairs’ facility is in the process of being developed as a children’s lab. Along with all the usual IMC events, we have the space for meetings, parties, performances, and lectures.

Exhibits: Exhibits include several African cultures including West Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo; South America; eleven countries of Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, China, Mexico, Central America, and Native American as well as an extensive display of weapons and drums from around the world. Short-term exhibits are regularly displayed in the reception area. Traveling exhibits are in place at neighboring libraries and government buildings.

Come visit us at 411 US 67 Frontage Road Duncanville, TX 75137.

If you are an Educator, contact us about our Electronic Field Trip and Discovery Boxes. They come with complete curricula covering TEKS for K-12 science, social studies, English language arts, fine arts, and math. For more information, call us at (972) 572-0462


Sharon Tennison Presenting Her Views on Russia at the International Museum of Cultures February 20, 2014

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Sharon Tennison is a familiar person to the supporters of the International Museum of Cultures (IMS) and followers of this Blog. Ms.Tennison will be speaking at the IMC on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Sharon Tennison on SochiMs. Tennison is founder and President of the Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI) in San Francisco. Ms.Tennison has worked for 25 years in Russia and the CIS, creating numerous multi-year, multi-million dollar TA programs to provide training for Soviet and Russian citizens to gain independence and skills designed for self governance. She lives and travels extensively part of the year in Russia. Sharon Tennison’s book The Power of Impossible Ideas is available from

MS. Tennison has written her views about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Upset with this apparent obsession to discredit Russia’s “day in the sun,” Ms. Tennison wrote the following at the start of the competitions: If your 12-year-old son or grandson came home from school saying that classmates were spreading misinformation about him, making fun of his family, ideas, interests, inclinations, or whatever could taunt …. what would you call it?  Bullying, I assume?  How would it make you feel?
Bullying, demeaning, rumor making, ridiculing, isolating, whether from children in schools, NFL football players on the field, or nations with whom we have to live on this small planet, the tactics are similar––and these behaviors are never appropriate.”

Ms. Tennison offers the question “Do you see ways we can promote more civility with Russia from the bottom up?
Or ways to encourage our mainstream media and public officials to display more civility between our countries?”

Ms Tennisson also adds: “Nothing in the above intends to present that Russia is a perfect country. It has poor people, disadvantaged people, people who are unhappy with their lots in life, with their government, in about the same ratio that we have here in the U.S.  They are still working through many more disadvantages as a society, than we. They got a very late start. Can you imagine what they have gone through since 1990 when they overthrew communism? They started from scratch or worse — having the burden of an old corrupt system buried in the minds of most of the people––and a country full of worn out housing, schools, hospitals, manufacturing equipment and an ineffective Soviet legal system. This was just a few years ago.  It’s a miracle they have done as well as they have. “

Come to hear Ms. Sharon Tennison speak at the IMC on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.. Contact the International Museum of Cultures for more detail or call (972) 572-0462.


The IMC Presents the Philmore Peterson V’s Art Exhibit February 10, 2014

Honorary Patron, Hon. Yvonne Davis and the Board of Trustees of the International Museum of Cultures (IMC) present the Philmore Peterson V’s art exhibit as a salute to Black History Month.

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Philmore Peterson V is a painter and mixed media artist living and working in Dallas, Texas. Born and raised in Dallas, Peterson had his first solo exhibition, titled Revelations in Oil, at the Dallas Convention Center, in 2001, when he was 14 years old. Peterson holds a BFA from The University of the Arts and an MFA from The Ohio State University, both with a focus in Painting and Drawing. Peterson is currently teaching classes at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, and also has a studio based in Dallas.

The opening reception for the Philmore Peterson V’s art exhibit will be at the International Museum of Cultures on February 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM CST. The exhibit will run from February 16, 2014 through April 21, 2014.


Tea and Talk with Carmen Goldthwaite at the International Museum of Cultures January 21, 2014

Join us at the International Museum of Cultures (IMC) for Tea & Talk with Carmen Goldthwaite, author of Texas Dames, on Saturday, February 15th at 2:30 PM. Location: 411 US 67 Frontage Road Duncanville, TX 75137.

Carmen Goldthwaite, Texas DamesMs. Goldthwaite is a dynamic speaker, author and teacher. Her nonfiction book Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History emerged from a column called “Texas Dames” that ran in newspapers around the state. The book highlights the women whose lives, lived in uncommon times by today’s standards, nudged and sometimes yanked Texas and Texans into gentler, more enlightened ways.

Contact the IMC to make your reservation. Reservations are required.
Individual tickets: $10 for non-members; $8 for museum members. (Sponsorship tables available with seating for six.)

The IMC Introduces a Business Class Membership January 9, 2014

The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) is a unique cultural anthropology museum that features and provides education on contemporary peoples from around the world. We rely on good friends becoming members of the IMC to help foster greater understanding, appreciation and respect between peoples of differing cultures through exhibitions, events, and educational tools.

We have received tremendous support from the business community.  To recognize that support, in 2013 we introduced a Business Class membership as an addition to the IMC regular membership.International Museum of Cultures

A Business Class provides membership cards for up to ten of your employees.  They may visit the museum at anytime during hours of operation using these membership cards.  Additionally, your business may use the Community Room (seats 75) for three events or company meetings during the year.  The Conference Room is equipped with video technology and available via reservation for your use.

A BUSINESS CLASS membership is only $250.00. Providing the following benefits:

  • A certificate of membership
  • Your business name will be listed on the poster displayed in the lobby
  • Your business name listed on other promotional pieces throughout the year.
  • Admits  you and employee card holders to FREE admission to over 700 museums across America.

We hope you will view this invitation as an opportunity to be involved in the arts and culture programs that act as a window into diverse cultures within our communities and throughout the world.

Please contact us for more information at (972) 572-0462. (For information on other Membership opportunities at the International Museum of Cultures, please visit us at


#GivingTuesday is a Chance For All To Be Involved December 3, 2013

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We have had 2 major days for shopping, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. December 3, 2013 is a day for #giving.

The second annual Giving Tuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in the big shopping days, the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday.

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The General FAQ of #GivingTuesday states “New York’s 92nd Street Y was the catalyst and incubator for #GivingTuesday, bringing the expertise of 139 years of community-management to the project and providing #GivingTuesday a home. The United Nations Foundation joined as partners, bringing their strategic and communications clout to the project. An amazing team of influencers then offered their ideas, contacts and wisdom to help shape and improve the concept. A powerful list of corporations and non-profits agreed to be founding partners, helping spread the word and committing to their own #GivingTuesday initiatives. Since then, countless organizations, friends and leaders have all added their support and talents to make #GivingTuesday a reality.”

Businesses can create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks.

As Celeste Amato states in her post Giving Tuesday — how your business can take part, here’s a few ways businesses can get involved:

• Rally your employees: Encourage giving on Dec. 3 by matching employee donations, planning a day of service and motivating your team to announce their commitment over social media.

• Encourage engagement: Spread the word about #GivingTuesday among employees and customers in internal and external communications.

• Make community service activities count: Make grants to local nonprofits on Dec. 3rd. Involve employees in grantmaking in a special #GivingTuesday poll where employees vote on local grant recipients.

• Get social: Show your #GivingTuesday leadership on social media. Use pre-developed content to drive awareness of #BmoreGivesMore in your email newsletters, social media channels and website. Go to to download materials that make participating super easy.

• Delight your customers: Give discounts or special benefits to customers who pledge to donate on Dec. 3.

• Raise dollars: Find a cause your business is passionate about in Baltimore. Organize a campaign to raise money for your cause. Search for inspiring projects at

• Get sponsor Benefits: Get visibility for your commitment to Baltimore. Share your company’s social mission. Get mentions in all #BMoreGivesMore press materials. Make employees proud. Become a sponsor today. Email

If this #GivingTuesday passed before you could get these activities going, start thinking now about 2014. This is a great time of the year to be involved. To assist the International Museum of Cultures, please go to our Donation Page.



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