Sharjah Museums Department celebrates International Museum Day with free visits and cultural events

Published May 16th, 2010 - 11:30 GMT

Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) is organizing a host of cultural and social activities to promote the museums in the Emirate and spread awareness of their vital role in social development, as part its celebration of International Museum Day. Visits to Sharjah museums will be free for all from May 18 to 22, 2010, as part of the celebrations.

The International Museum Day is celebrated annually on May 18, and this year, the theme is ‘Museums for Social Harmony.’ Sharjah Museums Department is organising workshops, seminars and museum tours as part of the activities.

Sharjah Art Museum will host a symposium on social harmony with the participation of private and public institutions on May 18. The museum in co-operation with Goethe-Institut (GI) and Robert Bosch Stiftung will also host an exhibition titled “Ambassadors” on May 20. A panel discussion titled “Curators perspectives on social harmony” will be held alongside the exhibition.

SMD’s Interpretation and Education Department will organize “Education Day for All” on May 19 at Sharjah Art Museums. In addition to several special programmes, materials and information on SMD’s 17 museums will be distributed. Three workshops - “Art in the early ages”, “Make your own rosary” and “Green sea Turtles” – will also be held.

Sharjah Science Museum will organize a number of workshops and lectures on social harmony in co-operation with other governmental and private associations on May 21, while Sharjah Art Museum will organize workshops on “Environmental Art” on July 1, “The blessed Palm Tree” on July 8, “The Holy Qu’ran and Calligraphy” on July 15 and “Collage” on July 22.

Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Department, said: “Sharjah has profound interest and strong legacy in promoting heritage, arts, culture and tourism. SMD is committed to strengthen awareness on museums and their contribution to social harmony, which will be highlighted with the International Museum Day celebrations. Through these activities, we want to focus attention on the museums and their role is social development and showcasing the different facets of arts and creativity.”

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