By: Shaina Semaña
It’s International Museum Day! Coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), May 18 is dedicated around the world for a day to celebrate museums and discuss the challenges that museums face. Each year, ICOM releases a theme to guide other museums that will celebrate it.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping museums around the world in celebrating art and culture because #IMD2020 is pushing through with the theme Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. Museums around the world are celebrating #IMD2020 in their own unique and quarantine-ready ways. In Paris, for example, the Louvre has been having virtual visits while the Museum Jacquemart-Andre is holding 360° exhibits ever since France’s lockdown.
In the Philippines, we are in for a digital treat with Ayala Museum. Since we’re under community quarantine, Ayala Museum is joining #IMD2020 with Virtual Visit, celebrating digital inclusion. For the whole week, we can experience the beauty of art, culture and history with just a few clicks away. From May 18 to 23, Ayala Museum offers various activities such as Animal Crossing Island Exhibition on May 20-22, Kids Curate: Make your Own Exhibit and Zobel Exhibition Virtual Tour on May 22 and 23, respectively. The museum will also be screening Millenium of Contact—a short film about the trade ceramics found in the Philippines—for free, in 48 hours.
You can access these special offers on ayalamuseum.org/online-resources or you can follow Ayala Museum’s social media accounts for more updates.
So, grab your phones or laptops now to experience diversity and inclusion in art this #InternationalMuseumDay!