Why should regional professionals meet with visitors?
Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hosted an international delegation of museum professionals recently.
Museum professionals from Bolivia, Ghana, Kuwait, Liberia, the Palestinian Territories, Singapore, Slovakia and Zimbabwe participated in a roundtable discussions with Cincinnati Museum Center’s curators, archaeologist, paleontologist, director of volunteers, archives staff and museum directors. The discussion offered the delegation an opportunity to ask Museum Center staff questions about curatorial issues, volunteer management, museum programming and general operations, gaining insight they could then take back to their museums and apply. The roundtable also allowed the delegation to offer their own expertise that will help Museum Center staff improve operations and programming.
“Our local community benefits from hosting these visitors because our region’s professionals showcase their talent globally and share tactics that the visitors will take back to implement in their respective countries,” says Michelle Harpenau, executive director of the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati. “Our professionals become ambassadors and the diplomatic arm for our city, region and nation.”