Center for International Museum Development

The Center for International Museum Development offers training programs that enhance the core strengths of cultural institutions by sharing professional knowledge and universal museum standards. The Center actively encourages innovative international exchange and promotes creative models of coalition building through trusted partnerships. Our training programs share best practices with others on how to showcase their heritage in a thoughtful, intimate, and accessible fashion while fostering national pride and deepening bilateral relations. These courses provide sustainable results that help museums become global leaders in the cultural arena.

A typical training program consists of working with the partner museum’s staff and/or administrators for 5 days in the partner country and 5 days in Washington, D.C. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills through lectures, roundtable discussions, site visits, and a final project prepared with the Center that emphasizes the highest of international museum standards. The final project can be either a high-quality exhibition that could travel to Washington, D.C. for display in Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries or a virtual exhibition online. This cultural presentation utilizes the lessons learned and highlights important features of a nation’s culture.

Utilizing decades-long experience and skills garnered from Meridian’s successful Art for Cultural Diplomacy program along with an extensive professional network in Washington, D.C., the Center covers topics, such as exhibition design, collection interpretation, historical preservation, and other museum practices.

Sessions cover the following topics:
  • Researching and Organizing Exhibitions
  • Partnership and Coalition Building
  • Museum Education and Community Outreach
  • Collections and Facilities Management
  • Conservation and Historic Preservation
  • Security and Museum Ethics
  • Sustainability – Framework for the Future

Training programs can be funded by culture authorities, businesses, private donors, foundations, or ministries of culture.