AIIS Convenes All India Museum Summit

The All India Museum Summit 2019, organized by the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), was held at the India International Centre in New Delhi, July 22-24, 2019. Under the theme India’s museums in the new millennium the Summit emphasized the importance of museums in enriching the lives of India’s people and the need for building institutional capacities to manage collections and resources. The Summit also provided a valuable interaction opportunity and set the stage for further cooperation among museum professionals from India and the US.

The Museum Summit project was supported by a generous grant from the US Embassy in New Delhi, and was directed by Dr. Susan Bean, the chair of the AIIS Art and Archaeology Committee. The project co-director is Dr. Vandana Sinha, the director of the AIIS Center for Art and Archaeology.

The Museum Summit plan is radically innovative as a program for galvanizing India’s diverse museum sector to articulate new, ambitious, aspirational goals for India’s museums – to move them decisively beyond the role of caretakers of India’s artistic heritage by charting a path towards becoming cutting-edge leaders, using 21st century technologies (from smartphones to state-of-the-art gallery lighting) in the deployment of cultural heritage in its broadest sense for diverse audiences (whether local or international; school children, families or the disabled).

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