From September 25 to 28, 2016, Asia Society, in partnership with the American Federation of Arts, the Chinese Museums Association, and the Nanjing Museum convened the U.S.-China Museum Summit in New York City. The Summit brought together museum and cultural leaders from both countries to foster connections, reaffirm their commitment to working together long-term, explore opportunities for cultural exchange, and develop tangible plans for ongoing institutional collaborations. Examining the priorities and challenges faced by museums in both countries through the lens of critical topics, such as leadership, funding, and governance, the Summit provided a forum for participants to engage in a series of in-depth panel discussions, networking meetings, and museum visits. The Summit concluded with a public program at Asia Society exploring the multifaceted ways in which U.S. and Chinese museums engage with their communities.
The conversations of the 2016 Summit built on the dialogues on U.S.-China museum partnerships and exchanges that were the focus of “Meeting the West: Exhibitions from American Museums” (Nanjing, 2014), organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Nanjing Museum; and the “U.S.-China Museum Leaders Forum” (Shanghai and Hangzhou, 2014) and “U.S.-China Museum Directors Forum” (Beijing, 2012), both organized by Asia Society and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.