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China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage: Professional Exchanges Between the Yunnan Nationalities Museum and the MSU Museum/UOE

The Yunnan Nationalities Museum and the MSU Museum have started professional exchanges that will focus on building the digital capacity to foster ongoing sharing between ethnographic museums in China and the U.S.  The Museum is working in partnership with MATRIX: Digital Humanities Center at Michigan State University to provide a state- of-the-art digital museum training and to foster greater ongoing collaboration between ethnographic museums that focus on folk and traditional arts in China and the United States.  The aim is to foster additional participation by folklorists, cultural heritage, and museum professionals in exchanges between China and the U.S.

During November 2014, the MSU Museum hosted four museum colleagues from China as part of a Professional Museum Exchange Program. Also, C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell led the planning for the US/China Forum on Folklife/Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in November 2014. 


  • Yunnan Nationalities Museum
  • Tim Lloyd, American Folklore Society
  • MSU Museum and Asian Cultural Council
  • MATRIX: Digital Humanities Center at MSU


This professional museum exchange is funded by the Asian Cultural Council.  This project is part of a larger China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage Project with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation (2011-2015).  


C. Kurt Dewhurst

Director, Arts and Cultural Initiatives
Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Michigan State University Museum
Professor, Department of English
University Outreach and Engagement Campus Senior Fellow

Arts and Cultural Initiatives