I. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism Convenes Work Coordination Meeting and Announces the IAMS Secretariat Shall Be Moved to the NMC
Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China and the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, the International Alliance of Museums of the Silk Road (IAMS) was initiated on May 18, 2017 by three organizations, the Professional Committee of the Museums of the Silk Road of Chinese Museums Association, the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles, and the Silk Road International Museum Alliance.
On June 29, 2018, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism summoned an IAMS work coordination meeting, during which heads of the three founding organizations approved that the IAMS Secretariat would be moved from the Chinese Museums Association to the National Museum of China (NMC) for better coordination among various related parties.
On behalf of NMC Director Wang Chunfa, Deputy Director Bai Yuntao said that the NMC deemed it both as an honor and a responsibility to take on the leading role of the IAMS. He pledged that the NMC would do its best to run the Secretariat on advice from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Cultural Heritage Administration.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism hoped that the IAMS would actively advance collaboration in themed exhibitions, information sharing, joint researches, professional exchanges and trainings. Moreover, the alliance is hoped to help promote international cooperation among museums and strengthen communication between museums and international organizations. The IAMS is also expected to make cross-cultural communication and cooperation more engaging and be felt by the public, thus strengthening people-to-people ties along the Silk Road.
II. The IAMS New Secretariat Chaired the First Work Meeting
The adjusted Secretariat of the IAMS held its first work meeting at the NMC on July 6, 2018. Chaired by the NMC Director Wang Chunfa, the conference was attended by Huang Zhenchun, Deputy Director of the NMC, An Laishun, Deputy Chairman of Chinese Museums Association (founding member), Zhao Feng, Director of China National Silk Museum, Wu Zhiyue, Director of Fujian Museum, and Wang Bin, Director of Tang West Market Museum.
The NMC Director Wang Chunfa showed welcome and gratitude for the support and contributions from related organizations, and indicated that the NMC would take initiative in closely working with members to better organize IAMS agenda with sense of mission and responsibility.
This meeting mainly focused on experience sharing, and decided to set the Secretariat Office in the International Department, NMC. The Office will work to ensure smooth transition and advance the pre-planned cultural activities and exchange programs in order to maintain the continuity of the IAMS wok. Besides, the meeting set the IAMS organization structure, regulated activity naming, started website building, identified next-step work, clarified rights and duties of members, and invited further communication and cooperation among members.
III. The IAMS Secretariat Prepares for the First IAMS Conference
The First IAMS Conference is scheduled to co-occur with the Eighth MPT-EXPO in Fuzhou, China from November 23 to 26, 2018. Currently, the Secretariat is preparing for the conference in full swing.
1. The Conference on “Museums and Tourism” plans to be held in Zhangjiajie, China from October 16 to 17, 2018.
2. The First IAMS Conference plans to be held in Fuzhou, China from November 23 to 26, 2018.