Updated on Oct 02, 2018
1. Sorolla Museum, Spain. Photo: Syndicated
2. National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires. Photo: Soledad Amarilla / CC.
The Ibero-American Cultural Space (ECI) is an initiative comprising a number of constituent elements. These include: cultural cooperation programs and initiatives, the Ibero-American Conference of Culture Ministers and High Authorities; the Ibero-American Culture Congresses; regional public policies; cultural mobility, management and promotion programs; and the actions derived from ECI’s strategic axes - Cultural SMEs, Cultural Diplomacy and Culture, and Social Cohesion. The entire framework was conceived to favor cultural productions and co-productions, circulation of cultural assets and direct incentives to cultural creators.
Since 2007, we have been working together to strengthen Ibero-American museums in three key areas: promoting the importance of museological heritage; highlighting the need to offer training and ensure the mobility of professionals working at these institutions; and facilitating the production, circulation and exchange of knowledge through knowledge through liaising and creating networks to promote public policies for the sector;
Under the coordination of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Program acts as an intergovernmental body for the promotion and articulation of public policies to support the museums of the Ibero-American Cultural Space and also provides support for different projects that help integrate, modernize and develop these institutions.
Implementing a program of this magnitude involves many challenges, especially those addressing a diverse and complex mosaic of museum institutions, generating bilingual (Spanish-Portuguese) content, and dealing with different political, economic and social contexts.
The Ibermuseums Program is currently run by an Intergovernmental Council that defines its actions, strategies and priorities. The Council is composed of representatives of twelve member countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay.
It also relies on administrative support from the Organization of Ibero-American States (OIE) and financial support from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).
Contribute to the articulation of public museum policies in Ibero-America, promoting sustainable development and regional integration of museums.
Between the years 2017 and 2018 Ibermuseums faced an important period of reflection regarding its scope and sustainability. Considered a benchmark among Ibero-American cooperation programs, to achieve the transcendence of its projects, guarantee its sustainability and improve its operational dynamics, Ibermuseums prepared a Four-Year Strategic Plan 2020-2023 with the aim of generating mechanisms for its internal cohesion, identifying its value added and hallmarks, responding to the criteria set by the Operating manual for Ibero-American Cooperation, with an alignment to elements of the context and the international agenda, such as the 2030 Agenda, as well as the Quadrennial Action Plan of Ibero-American Cooperation ( PACCI) and the Iberoamerican Cultural Space.
Approved by the Intergovernmental Council in 2019, the Strategic Plan 2020-2023 reinforces the character of museums as agents of social transformation, bets on improving management for innovation in the sector and reaffirms the contribution of Ibermuseos in the protection of museum heritage Iberoamerican. It also seeks to continue strengthening the Program as a platform for cooperation and exchange between governments, institutions and professionals.
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