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2010 News

Tin Marin and Discovery Museums Launch Partnership woth Music and Dance

Cultural Affairs Officer Carolyn Turpin, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Salvadoran Vice Minister of Environment Lina Pohl are greeted by Tin Marin guides.

Cultural Affairs Officer Carolyn Turpin, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and Salvadoran Vice Minister of Environment Lina Pohl are greeted by Tin Marin guides.

The Tin Marin Children’s Museum was filled with music, color, and children for the launch of the “Sharing Biodiversity and Culture” project, a program between Tin Marin and granted Discovery Museums of Acton, Massachusetts being sponsored by the U.S.-based Museums and Community Collaboration Abroad (MCCA) program.  Together, the two museums will work with the Caserio Helen School in Ilobasco, El Salvador, and the Merriam School in Acton Massachusetts to carry out, throughout the year, activities focused on the theme of sharing biodiversity and culture.

40 students from the Helen School in Ilobosco were joined by U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, The Salvadoran Vice Minister for the Environment, Lina Pohl, and the President of the Board of Directors of Tin Marin, Jeannette De Sola.

One of the most emotional moments of the event occurred during the video conference between San Salvador and Acton, as students were able to see and speak with each other for the first time.

Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad (MCCA) is a globally competed grant program designed to foster museum-based international exchanges and strengthen connections between museums and their communities, as well as mutual understanding between US citizens and people of other countries.  Funding for MCCA grant program is provided through a partnership with the US Department of State and the American Association of Museums.

Of the nine grants awarded under the Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad program, only one other project was selected from Latin America between museums in Quito, Ecuador and Glen Falls, New York.

 Juntos, estos dos museos trabajarán con la Escuela Caserío Helen, de Ilobasco, y Merriam School, en Acton, Massachusets, para llevar a cabo, durante todo un año, actividades enfocadas en el tema “Compartiendo biodiversidad y cultura”.