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Int’l Museum Workers Day #IMWD2017

Flags of (almost all) countries based out of which museum & heritage workers engaged with IMWD2017.

Last Thursday June 29th marked the 3rd International Museum Workers Day #IMWD2017, an advocacy project initiated by MUSEUMVIEWS.
To celebrate #IMWD2017, we invited museum and heritage workers from around the globe – including artists, scholars, art historians, scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, curators, filmmakers, performance artists, designers & many other whose expertise, years of experiences and dedication help create, discover, preserve, and disseminate our tangible and non-tangible cultural heritage.
From among the 150+ countries that engaged with #IMWD2017, some of the inspiring participants were based out of:
Bhutan, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Mozambique, Ghana, Cameroon, Belaize, Oman, Madagascar, Jordan, Swaziland, Botswana, Congo, Jamaica, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Zimbabwi, Benin, Vietnam, Papa New Guinea, Suriname, Brunei, Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Malaysia, Burkina Faso, Togo, Dominican Republic, Mali, Rwanda, Chad, Senegal, South Africa, Yemen … & numerous others …
IMWD2017 were equally thrilled to have the participation of:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Musee Louvre
Galleria degli Uffizi
El Museo Soumaya
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
The Gardner
Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro
International Center of Photography
American Federation of Arts
LA Opera
Hispanic Society of America
National Museum Philippines
AAMers (& Future of Museums)
Museum Directors
ICOM Canada
ICOM Italia
& very many others…

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About Frank J Cunningham | Producer

Frank J Cunningham was born in Co. Mayo, Ireland. As a young adult, Frank studied at a Gaelic-speaking boarding school. At the end of his studies at the University of Galway, he traveled and worked across Western Europe, for five years. During this period, Cunningham immersed himself in the indigenous cultures of the countries where he lived, learning native languages (French and German). In the mid 1980’s, he immigrated to the United States.

He has since lived in New York City, Nantucket, and The Hamptons.

Since 2003, Frank has served as a Contributing Editor to  MuseumViews. He is now the Producer of feature film THE DEALER Movie, and Executive Director of INT’L MUSEUM WORKERS DAY.




English: Native

Gaelic (Irish), French & German : reading, and some fluency


FILMS & New Media

Producer THE DEALER Movie, 2016 – Present

Executive Director INT’L MUSEUM WORKERS DAY (IMWD), 2015 – Present

Contributing Editor to  MuseumViews, 2003 –  Present

Contributor to, 2010 – 2016.

Contributor to MuseumViews’ In Conversation with…[VIDEO Series], 2013 – Present

Contributing writer & researcher, Rene (feature film by Homa Taj, in development), 2016

Nantucket Atheneum (short film based on Frank J Cunningham’s poem by Homa Taj), 2013

Maria’s Comet (short film based on Frank J Cunningham’s poem by Homa Taj), 2014

Steely Eyed Samurai (short film based on Frank J Cunningham’s poem by Homa Taj), December, 2014


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3rd Int’l Museum Workers Day IMWD to Take Place on June 29, 2017

UPDATE (July 2016) International Museum Workers Day  #IMWD aims to educate the public about various professions in the museum world – including art and heritage.

The THIRD International Museum Workers Day will take place on June 29, 2017.

An advocacy project initiated by MUSEUMVIEWS, #IMWD was previously called International Hug A Museum Worker Day #HAMuseumW.

On Monday June 29th, 2015, thousands of museums, museums associations, and museum professionals in more than thirty countries celebrated The 1st International Hug A Museum Worker Day.

As of Tuesday June 30, 2015, #HAMuseumw (hashtag, alone!) had generated 4,9 million impressions on Twitter (via Hashtracking). This number excludes all other engagements across social media (Twitter, Faceboo, Tumblr and Instagram).

And, thanks to our British colleagues in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, #HAMuseumW made it to Top 100 trends on Twitter (on June 29th).


In the meantime, here is a sampling museums, museums associations and museum professionals that celebrated The 1st International Hug A Museum Worker Day.:

International Council of Museums (ICOM-US)

Education and Cultural Action (ICOM-CECA)

Association of Art Museum Directors, USA

American Association of Museums (Media & Technology Committee), USA

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), New York

Nat Geo Museum, Washington DC

National Museum in Warsaw, Poland

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Mauritshuis Museum, The Netherlands

National Gallery Singapore, Singapore

Nato Geo Live (National Georgraphic Explorers)

Association of Nova Scotia Museums

Western Museums Association, Washington

Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah, Italy

Nationalmuseet, Denmark

Association of Science-Technology Centers, Washington DC

Association of Manitoba Museums, Canada

Nobel Museum, Sweden

ICON The Institute of Conservation, England

The Jewish Museum London, Great Britain

Museo de la Alhambra, Spain

Emergin Museum Professionals BC, Canada

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

Musei Firenze (Palazzo Vecchio), Italy

Museum of Technology, University of Cambridge, England

National Museum in Krakow, Poland

Museum of Cambridge, England

Musée de la tapisserie d’Aubusson, France

Michigan Museums Association, Michigan

Museum Media , The Netherlands

Hammer Museum (UCLA), California

Musée des Ursulines de Québec, CANADA

Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, Colombia

Blanton Museum, Texas

Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities, Brussels

University of Cambridge Museum, England

Hawaii Museums Association, Hawaii

Museums and the Web, Australia

Canadian Centre for Architecture/ Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Quebec

Canada Aviation and Space Museum/ Le Musée de l’aviation et de l’espace du Canada, Canada

Canadian Association for Conservation/ Association canadienne pour la conservation et la restauration, Canada

Museum Education Roundtable, Washington DC

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan

The Museum Computer Network, New York City

National Park Services (Cultural Resources), West Virginia

Danish Maritime Museum, Denmark

Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya, Spain

Association of Manitoba Museums, Canada

Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, Spain

Museums Association of Saskatchewan, Canada

Tennessee Association of Museums, USA

Portland Museums Professionals, Oregan

Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada, Spain

Small Museums Association, USA

Museum of Antiquities (Uni Saskatchewan), Canada

Villa Médicis, Italy

Natural History Museum, England

Norsk Teknisk Museum, Norway

Michigan Science Center, Michigan

Museo de Arte de PR, Puerto Rico

University of Alberta Museums, Canada

Muzeum Historii Fotografii, Poland

Museum of Chinese in America, New York

The Institute For American Indian Studies, Washington DC

Museums Association Scotland, Scotland

National Museum of Wales, Wales

Science World, Canada

Ottowa Museum Network, Canada

Swedish Museum of Science and Technology, Sweden

Beamish Museum, Great Britain

Associazione Nazionale Piccoli Musei, Italy

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York

North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina

Montana Historical Society, Montana

Le Musée québécois de culture populaire, Quebec

Ludwig Múzeum, Hungary

The PA Historical & Museum Commission, Pennsylvania

Klassik Stiftung Wiemar (Museen, Schlösser und Parks, Archive und Bibliothek), Germany

Brightom Museums, England

State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw/ Państwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie, Poland

Casa Battlo Gaudi, Spain

Society for Promotion of Museology in the Balctics, Latvia

Museum of Science and Industry, Florida

Emerging Museum Professionals Cincinnati, Ohio

Yukon Historical & Museums Association, Canada

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan

For a more complete though in no way conclusive list, visit

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, hug a museum worker, hamuseumw, museumviews

“We’re always inspired by the Holocaust survivors who serve at ‪#‎USHMM‬ as Museum volunteers.Thank You! ‪#‎HugAMuseumWorker‬ ‪#‎HAMuseumW‬” – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum