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Fourteen US Museum Educators to Visit China for Professional Exchange of Ideas

Category: Press Release


November 21, 2016

ARLINGTON, VA–A team of 14 education specialists from US museums will visit China Nov. 29 – Dec. 5 to meet with their counterparts from Chinese museums in a first-of-its-kind program titled, “Connection—Engagement: A US-China Museum Education Forum.”
Presented by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the American Alliance of Museums, the program will focus on professional exchange for museum educators. With a focus on modern and contemporary art, the forum will bring the US educators together with 14 educators from Chinese museums for panel presentations, roundtable discussions and a study tour of museums and artists’ studios in Beijing and Shanghai. Another 150-200 of China’s museum educators will be invited to join the convening as audience members and take part in question-and-answer sessions and informal conversation.

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US participants include:

  • Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Wendy Woon, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Jacqueline Terrassa, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Kathryn Potts, Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Anne Manning, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Melora McDermott-Lewis, Denver Art Museum
  • Peter Samis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Karleen Gardner, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Sarah Jesse, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Deborah Clearwaters, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Virginia Shearer, High Museum of Art
  • Sarah Ganz Blythe, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Juliette Fritsch, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Kelly McKinley, Oakland Museum of California and Board Member, American Alliance of Museums
  • Patricia Rodewald, Museum Education Consultant
  • Megan Lantz, American Alliance of Museums

“We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with CAFA to deliver this first-of-its-kind museum education program,” said Laura Lott, Alliance president and CEO.  “Global thinking is a core focus in AAM’s strategic plan as we seek opportunities for mutual exchange, sustained dialogue, and long-lasting connections between colleagues and partners in the United States and around the world.”

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“The Central Academy of Fine Arts looks forward to establishing long-term and in-depth collaboration with the American Alliance of Museums through Connection-Engagement: A US-China Museum Education Conference,” said Yu Ding, Dean of the Institute of Arts Administration and Education at CAFA. “We hope to improve communication and exchange with our American colleagues, to share our vision of professional development, management experience, and international strategies for museums today. Museum education in China expects to advance theoretical research and a more solid infrastructure in order to make its contribution to the globalization of Chinese museum and cultural industries.”

About the Central Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum:

The Central Academy of Fine Arts, located in Beijing, is an academy where culture, history, and art are flourishing, which enjoys the best art resources of the world. CAFA, the only art academy of higher learning directly under the Ministry of Education, was founded in April 1950. Under the umbrella of CAFA, there are six schools and colleges. They are School of Fine Art, School of Chinese Painting, School of Design, School of Architecture, School of Humanities, College of City Design as well as School of Continuing Education and the Affiliated High School of Fine Art.

Established in 1953, the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing is one of the top ten art museums in China and has become an important institution for contemporary art. With the completion and use of a new building in 2008, the Museum organizes various exhibitions and academic activities based on the academic research of CAFA to make it a platform for the exchange of Chinese and foreign art, as well as to provide a space for visits, study and exhibition to CAFA faculty and students, the public, and domestic and foreign artists.

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 30,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Joseph Klem
Director, Public Relations
American Alliance of Museums

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