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Celebrate International Museum Day May 17DALLAS/May 1, 2009—On Sunday, May 17, 2009, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will mark the 32nd annual International Museum Day with performances by three Dallas-based dance troupes, joining thousands of institutions around the world celebrating this year's theme, Museums and Tourism. Ballet Folklorico of Dallas will perform at noon, ARPAN Kathak Dance Academy at 2 p.m. and Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens at 4 p.m. All performances, free with paid admission to the Museum, will be held in the seventh floor South Gallery.
"We are delighted to present this diverse lineup of performing artists on International Museum Day," states Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum, which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. "President Kennedy championed the arts, but he was also deeply committed to internationalism as the means to a better life for all and a peace for all time."
Representing three continents, the dance troupes will also help the museum commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week which is May 9-17. With more than 325,000 guests annually, the museum is the most visited historic site in North Texas. Although the majority of guests are from the USA, travelers from more than 100 countries have visited the museum.
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Admission is $13.50 for adults and $12.50 for seniors 65 years and older and for youth 6-18 years; tickets include an audio guide, available in seven languages and a youth version in English, for the permanent exhibit. For more information, call 214-747-6660 or visit www.jfk.org.
About International Museum Day
The International Council of Museums created International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage awareness about the role of museums in the development of society. The theme in 2009 emphasizes ethical tourism and explores how museums can foster new relationships between visitors and local communities to promote sustainable development. Contests, workshops and special performances are some of the many events museums are hosting on or around May 18 to bond with their visitors.
About the Performers
Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens combines drumming, storytelling and dance to educate and preserve African arts, history and culture and to build character through classes, other educational offerings, concerts and presentations.
ARPAN Kathak Dance Academy performs classical Indian dance, which is characterized by rhythmic footwork danced under the weight of more than 100 ankle bells, spins and dramatic representation of themes. The award-winning group has performed in the US, Europe and India.
Ballet Folklorico of Dallas, founded in 2002 to promote traditional folkloric dance and cultural enrichment, has performed throughout Texas as well as Oklahoma, Walt Disney World and Mexico. Its colorfully costumed dancers have earned several trophies at dance competitions.
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