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UNESCO: almost 13% of museums worldwide are not open after quarantine
ARTinvestment.RU   20 мая 2020

This assessment — the result of a study conducted by UNESCO jointly with the International Council of museums (ICOM)

According to a press-релизу, the publication of which was timed to the Day of museums, celebrated worldwide on 18 may, under threat of closure at the moment is almost every tenth Museum in the world.

From-за quarantine measures and crisis to close their doors or to cease work had more than 85 thousand museums, or about 90 % of the world's museums. For most art-институций Europe and developed countries of Asia and America, the quarantine period was a time of growth and development online-присутствия on the Internet and also the expansion of ties with its users around the world using digital technologies and social networks. However, in Africa and small island developing States (SIDS), only 5% of museums have the opportunity of creating and distributing online-контента.

"This pandemic reminds us that half of humanity has no access to digital technology. We must work to ensure access to culture for all, especially the most vulnerable and isolated", — said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azul.
In the last decade the Museum sector has occupied an important place in the national cultural policy of many Nations: according to UNESCO estimates, 2012 number of museums around the world increased by almost 60 % and amounted to 95 thousand institutions.

However, according to the President of ICOM SUAI Aksoy, "the Museum sector cannot exist independently without state support and private capital. It is vital to mobilize funds for relief and measures for the protection of professionals, self-employed workers on contracts that do not provide stable employment." "Museums play a fundamental role in ensuring the sustainability of society. We need to help them cope with this crisis and maintain the relationship with their audience", — said Audrey Azul.

we can only hope that these words reach the authorities of many States and would need to be heard.

Source: ru.unesco.org

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