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Alissandra Cummins | Barbados

Alissandra Cummins
Specialist of Caribbean heritage and museology
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Symbolic figure, Alissandra Cummins is a well-known reference on the thematic of Caribbean heritage and museology.

Not only did she receive the Gold Crown of Merit from Barbados in 2005, but also she was recognized as one of the 60 most influential women of UNESCO.

She was one of the founding members of the MAC (Museums Association of the Caribbean) and participated to the symposium « The Black Jacobins – Barbados/Martinique » (2011) during the Black Diaspora Festival.

Elected in November 2011 as the chairperson of the UNESCO’s Executive Board for 2012-2013, Alissandra Cummins is also director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society since 1985 ; the president of Barbados National Commission for UNESCO ; and president of the Barbadian National Art Gallery Committee.

After studying art history and museology (University of East Anglia & Leicester University, in the UK), her career let her be professor in Heritage Study at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, president of the ICOM (International Council of Museum) between 2004 and 2010 or even active member for UNESCO’s organs such as the WHC (World Heritage Commitee) and the Memory of the World Program.

Alissandra Cummins published several books (Art in Barbados, with Allison Thompson and Nick Whittle, Ian Randle Publishers, 1999) and articles. She took part in symposiums and discussions on the cultural heritage from Caribbean islands. Recently, she edited Curating in the Caribbean at the Green Box Editions, 2012.