Head of the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) office in Iran has announced that the next meeting of the international body will be held in Iran in December.
Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabaei told Iran Daily’s Farzaneh Shokri that so far none of ICOM’s meetings has been held in Iran and this time, the country is to host member states from Central Asia.
Educational workshops titled ’Changing Attitudes Towards Museums’ will also be held on the sidelines of the next ICOM meeting, he noted.
Meanwhile, three other programs focusing on youth will be performed concurrent with the 60th anniversary of the founding of ICOM, he said.
Mohit-Tabatabaei further stated that a photo exhibit called ’Portrait of Ancestors’ will also be held later this year.
Noting that the programs will be held with the participation of youth aged between 16 and 30, he said that holding another exposition called ’Collections of Youths’ is also on the agenda.
The official noted that the collections will be categorized on the basis of their topics and contents.
Putting the number of museums in Iran at 1,000, he said that the figure can be considered as among the indicators of development.
He observed that promoting the culture of museum in the country is equivalent to attaching importance to the past, safeguarding national and religious values and passing them on to future generations.
ICOM, a division of UNESCO, began its activities in the form of a non-governmental organization in 1946.
Presently, ICOM is active in 146 countries with 20,000 members. It has 115 national committees, 30 international committees and 15 international associations.