October 28, 2011
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF CULTURES SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
The International Museum of Cultures has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the International Museum of Cultures to better serve the citizens of Dallas and the greater Metroplex by facilitating its meeting and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.
The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and throughout its 30 years has been administered by the American Association of Museums (AAM). As part of the IMLS National Leadership program, MAP advances best practices and fosters improvement in museums. MAP is a self-motivated program, application to and participation in MAP is initiated by each local institution and those accepted invest considerable human and institutional resources into the assessment.
The International Museum of Cultures is specifically focusing on community involvement and outreach. As a part of this major effort a virtual tour has been developed and the Electronic Field Trip is available on line after November 15, 2011.
MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation. Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs. Participant museums choose one of three categories for its assessment: Collections Stewardship, Organizational and Community Engagement.
The International Museum of Cultures is entering its 32nd year of operation. It is located at 7500 W. Camp Wisdom, Dallas, TX 75236. Hours of operations are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Further information may be found on the website: www.internationalmueumofcultures.org or by becoming a fan of the museum’s facebook.
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mary Fae Kamm, Director
972 708 7537
972 708 7341 (fax)