Merida’s Maya World Museum nominated for “Oscar” award

Merida's Maya Museum has been nominated for a prestigious international award. (Photo: Google)

LONDON — Merida’s Great Museum of the Maya World (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya) has been included in a short list of nominees for the Best Emerging Cultural Destination in Latin America for 2015.

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards, considered the “Oscar Awards of the Museum World” for the most visionary museums and cultural destination, will be presented Friday Oct. 9 in London, England.

Results of the selection process will be available through social media, including #lcdawards #lcdtravel #lcdcities #oscarsformuseums.

Leading Culture Destinations is a platform created to explore, recognise and promote the world’s best destinations for cultural experiences. Set up by a team of art and travel enthusiasts, it aims at sharing knowledge and recommendations from a global network of leading professionals from the arts, fashion, music and film.

Merida's Maya Museum has been nominated for a prestigious international award. (Photo: Google)
Merida’s Maya Museum has been nominated for a prestigious international award. (Photo: Google)

Along with Merida’s Great Museum of the Maya World, nominees for Best Emerging Cultural Desitnation in Latin America include:

  1. The Biomuseo, Panama City (Panama)
  2. Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City (Mexico)
  3. Museo Soumaya, Mexico City (Mexico)
  4. La ene – Nuevo museo energía de arte contemporáneo, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  5. Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janerio (Brazil)

The award scheme celebrates the vibrancy and vitality of museums and institutions around the world, which are constantly evolving. Today cultural destinations are not only dedicated to art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep.

In appreciation of this, the jury selected the Leading Culture Destinations Awards shortlist, according to five categories: Exhibitions and Programming; Architecture and Spatial Design (presented by EcoWorld Ballymore); Digital Experience; Eating and Drinking and Shopping (presented by Selfridges & Co).

Now in its second year, the scheme has expanded to include ‘Emerging Culture Destinations’ from all over the world, sparking lively debate across creative communities everywhere about the changing role of museums and galleries. The 31-strong ‘Emerging Destinations’ shortlist includes the recently opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, and the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China.

The shortlist and winners are carefully selected by the jury from a long list of nominations put together by global Ambassadors, who are drawn from the community of the world’s most influential and travelled creative professionals – all of them cultural nomads, committed to supporting the arts and innovation wherever in the world they might be.

In addition to Latin America, awards will also be presented to the best emerging cultural destinations in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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