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AFS Executive Director Tim Lloyd Visits China

Tuesday, January 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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In December 2017, AFS Executive Director Tim Lloyd traveled to China for two weeks. His trip had five stops, all of them devoted to stewarding our existing relationships with various people and organizations, and to starting a few new ones. In all of these stops except Nanning he was accompanied by Bill Ivey, former National Endowment for the Arts chairman, and former AFS President, who serves as Senior Advisor for our China and other international efforts.

1. Guangzhou, for a five-nation conference on professional ethics and intangible cultural heritage work sponsored by the Sun Yat-sen University Chinese ICH Institute, one of our main partners in China.

2. Nanning, where AFS partners and museum colleagues Jason Jackson (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University), Jon Kay (Traditional Arts Indiana, Indiana University) Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art) and Marsha MacDowell and Kurt Dewhurst (Michigan State University Museum) were meeting with our Anthropology Museum of Guangxi partners (including Director Wang Wei and folklorist Lijun Zhang) and staff from the Baiku Yao (White Trousers Yao) Ecomuseum as they prepared for a fieldwork trip to northern Guangxi, and where AFS, AMGX, and the Mathers Museum signed an MOU to formalize our 2017-2019 work together.

[The accompanying photo shows the participants in this meeting. Wang Wei and Lijun Zhang are on the far right of the front row.] 

3. Kunming, for meetings with the new director of the Yunnan Nationalities Museum, one of our other museum partners.

4. Chengdu, for meetings with several academics, government officials, and business leaders who have plans for economic-and-community-development work there through the arts and culture, specifically music.

5. And Beijing, for meetings with our China Folklore Society partners at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and with leaders of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, a Chinese NGO.

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