Los Angeles hosts museum convention

Representatives from museums all around the world are visiting Los Angeles for their annual convention.

More than 5,000 administrators from American and international museums are attending this year’s meeting of the American Association of Museums. The theme of the convention is “Museums Without Borders,” said association president Ford Bell.

"It’s not just international borders, that’s borders in communities. It’s about museums reaching out to their communities in new and different ways – partnering with other nonprofits, partnering with schools, partnering with community service agencies to better serve their communities."

Bell said it’s critical that museums find ways to attract new and diverse audiences. The convention and expo continue through Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The city of L.A. projects the event will add $12 million to the local economy. Bell said his list of Southland museums to visit includes the Museum of Tolerance, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Autry National Center.

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