Statement from the Museum Association of the Caribbean (MAC) Regarding Hurricane Irma and the Caribbean’s Impacted Heritage Institutions and Collections
The MAC board and membership would like to express their sympathies for the Caribbean regions and populations impacted by Hurricane Irma. While the region’s first priority must be the reconstruction of basic facilities in regards to human life and health in the devastated areas, MAC is concurrently working to identify the storm-related impact to heritage institutions and their collections. In the short-term, MAC has set up a Facebook page to disseminate general information regarding recovery resources and the state of the heritage institutions and collections that represent the history and heritage of our member institutions and the countries in the region: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MuseumsIrma
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has partnered with the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) and the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) to host the 28th MAC Annual General Meeting and Conference in Miami, FL. The conference will be hosted in the U.S. for the first time in the history of MAC. The centrality of Miami as the gateway to the World and accessibility to the Caribbean, posits it as the ideal location for the conference. Miami’s culturally rich landscape provides a fitting backdrop for participants across the western hemisphere, to engage in multi-disciplinary discussions.
The conference theme, Breaking Boundaries: Transcending Geographies, Disciplines, and Identities, encapsulates the spirit of the conference and will explore the transcendent power of cultural institutions to connect people and ideas across geographies and disciplines, as well as across categories of identity. The three organizations are inspired by the richness of the collective museum cohorts coming together, and look forward to discovering organizational intersections and ingenuity. The conference welcomes professionals from museums, archives, libraries, cultural centers and academia; Monday October 23-26, 2017 at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort.