Thursday, February 21, 2013

Public Call: Day of Museum Solidarity – March 4

Call to Participate

The organization CULTURESHUTDOWN is calling museums and galleries worldwide to participate in their important international cultural awareness campaign. This campaign is a reaction to the acute crisis affecting major cultural institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The safety of precious artifacts and heritage are at stake. To learn more visit

CULTURESHUTDOWN calls on you and other museums across the globe to demonstrate your solidarity with threatened Bosnian cultural institutions by symbolically “erasing” one precious artwork or artifact, rendering it inaccessible for the Day of Museum Solidarity.

Hurry the deadline is February 22nd! To participate please visit and fill out the form to receive the CULTURESHUTDOWN logo tape to display.  

On March 1, place the yellow barricade tape in front of the chosen object (ranging from a dinosaurs skeleton to a painting, depending on your collection and your choice). Take a picture of the “crossed out” object and send it to The “crossed out” artifact should be publicly visible in your institution from March 1 – 3 (customizable sign available on their website as well).  The collected pictures of Museum Solidarity across the world will be posted on the CULTURESHUTDOWN website on Monday March 4, the scheduled Day of Museum Solidarity. As many museums are closed on Mondays, our global campaign will take the form of a virtual collective exhibition on CULTURESHUTDOWN website.

Dr. Azra Aksamija for CULTURESHUTDOWN
Assistant Professor, Program in Art, Culture and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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