ICOM-US: What We Do

Convene Annual Meeting During the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), ICOM-US hosts a luncheon and presents programs, ICOM activities, and to spotlight timely issues. Keynote speakers have included Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution, and Michael Conforti, formerly of The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Support Cultural Heritage In 2016, ICOM-US was a sponsor of First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, held in Washington, D.C. A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the month-long course helped 21 cultural heritage professionals from 18 countries develop skills and capacity in the event of a disaster.


Co-Organize International Conferences In 2014, ICOM's national committees of Germany, Russia, and the United States co-organized a conference exploring the theme Museums and Politics in St. Petersburg, Russia. This event offered a unique opportunity for museum professionals to exchange views, leading to joint projects and increased intercultural communication.

Sponsor International Conferences in the U.S. Among the conferences ICOM-US has sponsored are those of ICOM-CECA (Committee for Education and Cultural Action), which addressed museum education and accessibility, and INTERCOM (International Committee on Management), which explored the topic of leadership for a sustainable museum. 

Provide Travel Grants ICOM-US provides grants for ICOM-US members to travel to ICOM meetings and conferences around the globe as announced by ICOM-US. To be considered for a grant, ICOM-US members must submit applications.

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ICOM meetings, conferences and workshops are happening somewhere around the globe nearly every day. Explore the ICOM web site to learn more about the depth and breadth of ICOM's programs and activities. Here are some highlights: