Museums Connect: Building Global Communities


ameriško zunanje ministrstvo je razpisalo program financiranja sodelovanja med slovenskimi muzeji/galerijami in podobnimi ustanovami in ameriškimi partnerji.


The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Museums Connect: Building Global Communities program brings together U.S. and international communities, especially youth, women, and other underserved groups, through collaborative museum-led exchange projects that support foreign policy and mission strategic objectives, such as civic engagement, human rights, climate change, disability rights, interfaith tolerance, and women’s empowerment. Through the 2016 Museums Connect: Building Global Communities program, at least six projects will each receive $50,000-$100,000 divided between the selected U.S. and foreign museums.

The Museums Connect program is administered by ECA’s Cultural Programs Division in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Participating U.S. and foreign institutions have opportunities to collaborate on projects that extend far beyond museum walls, expand their engagement with local communities, and generate long-term institutional links. Recent projects have empowered youth to explore concepts of democracy and dissent through photography projects (Afghanistan and Philadelphia), taught high school students scientific research skills that fostered respect for biodiversity and environmental conservation (Niger and Chicago), and engaged Muslim women on issues of identity and freedom of expression through art and creative writing projects (Denmark, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and San Francisco). Current projects include connecting museums in France, Singapore and Texas as they explore space travel and STEM subjects with youth, teaching film and photography skills to at-risk youth in Mexico and San Diego as they address issues of violence, and supporting underserved youth in Jamaica and Harlem, New York as they discover the history of the African diaspora in their respective communities. Many of these projects incorporate virtual communication as a key component to enhance achievement and strengthen impact.

Museums Connect projects focus on community engagement and participation, while showcasing the role of museums and cultural spaces as vibrant, engaged, and influential institutions in contemporary society. The grants do not fund construction or projects focused primarily on staff/institutional development or capacity building, staff training, standard exhibition design or object exchange, or artist residencies.

U.S. and foreign museums must establish their partnership and jointly apply to the program. Interested museums are required to submit a Museum Profile online at…/global-partnerships/museumsconnect by January 4, 2015. Please note that there is a multi-step proposal process for this program. For more information about the Museums Connect program, including project examples and a timeline for the proposal process, visit the Cultural Programs Division’s intranet site at…/ind…/Museums_Connect and the AAM’s Museum Connect website at

Final selections are approved by State Department, based on the recommendations of a selection committee, which evaluates the final proposals on the following criteria:

– (A) thematic linkage to U.S. foreign policy goals and priorities,
– (B) community involvement,
– (C) project structure,
– (D) increased understanding between the communities,
– (E) institutional capacity, and
– (F) sustainability.

Consideration will be given to projects that include one of the cycle’s designated themes:

– Master Theme: Youth Engagement and Social Inclusion (all project proposals must relate to this master theme).

Specifically, all proposals must:

–Expand opportunities for experiential and active learning to address priority needs while fostering cross-cultural networks that allow youth to develop leadership skills while contributing to their communities.

–Solidify community bonds and bolster civil society by tackling issues critical to human and social development (e.g. empowering indigenous and African Descendant communities, advancing gender equality, promoting disability rights, fostering religious and cultural tolerance, and advocating for human rights), providing opportunities for civic engagement and volunteerism and/or increasing access for those who feel disengaged or disenfranchised.

Projects are also required to focus on one of the following sub-themes:

Countering Extremism

Projects should seek to understand motivations for extremism, including by building awareness of the drivers of extremist tendencies, — especially in youth and marginalized communities – by countering extremist narratives and tactics (such as illegally trafficking and destroying cultural patrimony), and by initiating community intervention. Projects should engage local community members and other stakeholders in addressing such questions as competing identities (national, religious, tribal, racial, or local), cultural patrimony, pluralism, misinformation, counterpoint narratives, at-risk-youth engagement, and civil society development.

Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Projects should advance innovative models and strengthen the economic empowerment and entrepreneurial ideas and practices of cultural organizations by focusing on social entrepreneurship, small business development, new economic models, business leadership skills or other key topics.

Empowering Women and Girls

Projects should educate and empower youth in affirming the identity, self-esteem, and recognition of women and girls, and by providing them with equal access to skills, choices and knowledge to advance their active engagement and equal contribution to society.

Environmental Sustainability

Projects should develop innovative strategies for environmental protection and sustainability (e.g., renewable and clean energy, conservation, sustainable agriculture, waste reduction, eco-tourism, and climate change), looking at both grassroots development as well as policy implementation.

Expanding Access to Quality Education

Projects should focus attention on inequalities and gaps in access to quality education worldwide (including economic, social, and political barriers.) Projects should confront these barriers through the development of sustainable, innovative models that seek to deliver access to free, primary education in varied and challenging political, social, and economic contexts.

At least six projects will each receive $50,000-$100,000 to divide between the participating U.S. and foreign museum. Final funding levels will be based on the projects’ proposed budget and negotiated in consultation with AAM.

For purposes of the Museums Connect program, the term ‘museum’ is used broadly to include both state-run and private museums of anthropology, art history and natural history, aquariums, arboreta, art centers, botanical gardens, children’s museums, historic sites, nature centers, planetariums, science and technology centers, and zoos.

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