U.S. Embassy Supports Self-sustainability of Museums in Georgia with Exhibitions and Workshops (July 10)
From July 10 – 18, the U.S. Embassy will host U.S. museum consultant Patrick Gallagher, known for his work with the Smithsonian Museums, Grammy Museum, Spy Museum, and numerous other world-class museum facilities worldwide. During his visit, Gallagher will tour local museums and meet with representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Protection, and the Georgian National Tourism Administration to discuss tourism promotion, public-private partnerships, and community engagement. Mr. Gallagher will end his week in Georgia by conducting a two-day workshop on innovations in museum exhibit design and interactive visitor experiences for twenty Georgian museum professionals.
Mr. Gallagher’s visit is part of the U.S. Embassy’s multi-phase museum marketing project intended to highlight Georgian culture and history by assisting Georgia’s museums achieve self-sustainability. Other elements of this project have included a study tour of twelve U.S. museums for five Georgian museum professionals as well as a week-long business and marketing workshop for museum staff and administrators from Tbilisi and the regions.
The program culminates in an exhibition of works by the noted 20th century photographer and ethnographer, Edward Curtis, designed by Georgian curators with the help of Mr. Gallagher. Curtis mounted expeditions for 30 years and documented the cultures and peoples of over 80 Native American nations through written interviews, sound recordings, and over 40,000 photographs. His work is considered to be among the most accurate, extensive, and beautiful records of the variety and scope of Native American culture. The month-long exhibition, which opens in September, will be available for public viewing at Tbilisi History Museum – Karvasla, the Georgian State Silk Museum, and the Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography . The exhibition, with the cooperation of the U.S. Library of Congress, will feature over 40 photos which have never before been exhibited outside of the United States.
Media outlets interested in speaking with Mr. Gallagher should use the following contact: Tbilisipress@state.gov