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July 21, 2006

CW participates in international museum exchange

The American Association of Museums has awarded The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation participation in the International Partnerships Among Museums (IPAM)program. The partnership will take place between The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Musée du Château Ramezay in Montreal, Quebec, during 2006 and 2007. To date, 17 awards have been funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The IPAM program enables American museums to advance their mission by carrying out collaborative projects with partner institutions abroad. Museums are selected for the award based on a mutually beneficial, collaborative project proposal submitted jointly by the two institutions. A staff member spends one month working on site at the partner museum.

Frances Burroughs, director of operations for educational programs for Colonial Williamsburg’s productions, publications and learning ventures division, will spend five weeks this summer in Montreal at the Musée du Château Ramezay. André Delisle, executive director and curator of the museum, will spend five weeks in Williamsburg this fall working with Burroughs exploring the possible development of collaborative educational outreach programs.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to build bridges with our museum partners in Canada and investigate the universal idea of citizenship,” said Richard McCluney, the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures. “Both museums interpret shared historical and revolutionary periods, albeit from different perspectives.”

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