Museums Connect Exchange

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U.S. Department of State & The American Alliance of Museums Announce the 2015 Museums Connect Exhange 15 Global Partners Create Museum-Based Youth Exchanges Focused on Environmental and Social Change

Museums Connect, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has awarded seven grants to 15 museum partners globally, including Jamaica.  This unique program pairs museums in the United States with museums throughout the world, to build cross-cultural exchange and stimulate dialogue around youth empowerment, environmental sustainability and social inclusion. 

Through this program the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York will partner with the National Museum of Jamaica and The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/ Jamaica Memory Bank, under the project Dialogues in the African Diaspora: Youth Reclaiming Community, Identity and Memory. Based on the premise that the historical roots of many within the African diaspora has been erased by the tragedy of slavery, this project aims to recover and preserve the history associated with the urban community of San Juan Hills in Manhattan, New York and the rural community of Nonsuch, Jamaica. 

Through creative discussions on the historical conditions that gave rise to these two communities, 30 – 40 middle/high school students who will participate in this project will explore these facts to reconnect with their past, better understand the present and empower their futures. As part of the program the teens will also learn how to use archival sources, conduct interviews with elderly residents in their respective communities and develop compelling digital videos and art work. Exhibitions will be held in in their communities to display the results of their work.

“This is a partnership program unlike any other,” said Alliance president and CEO Laura Lott. “Museums Connect allows students and citizens across the globe to delve into issues impacting their local communities and to work together to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. Museums Connect partnerships create global citizens and foster deep relationships between American and global communities. AAM is proud to continue its partnership with the U.S. Department of State on this extraordinary educational exchange program.” 

Since its inception, Museums Connect has linked American museums with partners in 49 countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Honduras, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and the Ukraine. 

Other partnerships under the 2015 exchange include:

Hacking Space: A Student Exchange to Sustain Life on Earth

  • Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California 
  • Science City, West Bengal, India 

Youth Empowerment through Social Practice Art: Strategies for Coping with Violence and Trauma

  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California
  • Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico 
Youth Mission to Mars: Exploring Space to Address Sustainability on Earth 
  • Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Cite de l’espace, Toulouse, France
  • Science Center, Singapore

Youth Mission to Mars: Exploring Space to Address Sustainability on Earth

  • Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Cite de l’espace, Toulouse, France
  • Science Center, Singapore

For more information on the American Alliance of Museums visit: http://www.aam-us.org/