The Great Museum of the Mayan Culture of Mérida will join the festivity of the International Day of Museums celebrated every May 18 with music, theater, science, workshops, contests, talks and tours under three thematic axes: education, art and academia. The activities will be held in the museum from May 15 to 20 with the participation of academic and artistic institutions.
The International Museum Day is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). According to the director of the museum, the art historian Laura Ramírez Rasgado, more than 30,000 museums around the world commemorate this day. “The Great Museum of the Mayan World joins this global celebration and has invited public and private institutions to reflect on the role of museums in society,” said at a press conference.
Among the activities, there will be thematic tours from May 18 to 20, at different times on the topics “From language to imagination”, “Know your museum”, “La Milpa Maya” , “Xunáan Kaab, melipona bee”, and the workshop for children “Policromía Maya”.
Ramírez Rasgado mentioned that for the first time young university students are being invited to a program called Agruparte, which will participate with an Immersion to Documentary Film workshop given by the documentary maker Adriana Otero whose work “The value of the land” was recently added to the FilminLatino catalog, one of the most important platforms for Mexican cinema.
“The intention is to invite the university community to propose topics of regional, cultural and environmental interest through documentary films and audiovisual productions. Immerse them in the world of cinema, know history and the goals that can be achieved from audiovisual projects and that everyone can capture their interests in a film” said the filmmaker.
In collaboration with the Academic Unit of Science and Technology of the UNAM in Yucatan, the Science for Youth workshop will be held, conducted by Ana Castillo on Wednesday, May 16th at 4:00 p.m.
On Wednesday 18th a rally will take place in Mérida, it is called “Knowing the museums of my city”.
The awarding of the “My favorite museum” contest will also take place on this date. This contest invited the general public to send a photograph with a brief summary of their museum experience.
The director of the museum will participate with the conference “Museums of the world: approaches and innovation” on Thursday 17 at 16:30 and Friday 18 at 7:00 pm at the School of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design of the UADY, located in front of the “Mejorada” park.
The School of Visual Arts will participate with a guitar recital by Yohualli Rosas and Juan Carlos Cervera with works by J.S. Bach, Sor and Villalobos on Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The Professor at the School of Anthropological Sciences, Elda Moreno Acevedo, said that the degree in tourism of the UADY joins the activities presenting an unpublished research on the history of tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula. “When we began to investigate two years ago, we realized the lack of detailed projects on such an important topic as tourism,” she said.
The series of conferences will be held on Friday May 18 from 10:30 am and will cover topics such as Chichen Itza, the Mayan World and the beginnings of aviation and tourism in Yucatan (1929-1979), Growth and tourism decrease in archaeological zones of the Yucatan peninsula (1990-2015), the role of local societies in tourism development, the Calakmul region, and lifestyle migrations in the city of Mérida.
Likewise, a colloquium of contemporary mythology will be held on Saturday, May 19, starting at 10 am with the participation of different academics who will talk about the resignification of mythology, postmodernity, the validity of religions, constructions of a man’s idea, contemporary mythology through cinema and television; and mythology in the visual arts.
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