What is Fadam?
The Argentinian Federation of Friends of Museums (FADAM), brings together 104 associations of friends of museums throughout the country. Ours is a non-profit organization (NGO) that provides technical, legal and administrative support and serves as a link for the exchange of experiences between associations.
FADAM is a non-governmental, non-profit organization present in the Argentine territory, established to encourage the formation of Associations of Friends of Museums and to gather, support and strengthen existing ones.
Its purpose is to value our cultural and natural heritage, spreading it and promoting its conservation for new generations.
How we accomplish our mission
- We assure the meeting of the Associations of Friends in our Annual Day and in the monthly participations in all the territory.
- We promote the interrelationships between Federated Associations.
- We organize Regional Meetings in different provinces of the country.
- We train and train in specific topics the federated associations in the development of networks.
- We spread the national cultural heritage.
- We organized the School Contest, aimed at primary schools since 1993.
- We advise the AAs.
- We ensure that our Members are aware of developments on the country’s cultural agenda.
- We have exclusive services for the Associations of Friends. Our initiatives keep the benefits that AA can give to its members and all visitors up to date.
Events, outings & regional meetings
Conferences and presentations on cultural topics are held at least twice a year. They are dictated by renowned professionals and specialists, in renowned venues, followed by a closing cocktail.
This activity is carried out in conjunction with other cultural institutions that support and collaborate with FADAM. They are open to Friends and the general public.
Day trips are also organized to nearby towns where you can visit museums and historical parks, estancias or other heritage establishments. Visits to Temporary Exhibitions in Museums are scheduled within the FADAM Agenda.
Regional meetings are held in different provinces of the country throughout the year, calling on the associations, museums, and cultural institutions of the region, in order to present topics of common interest, disseminate the work carried out by the Associations of Friends and jointly promote actions, strategies and exchanges among participants in the region.
Training for the Associations
The Training Program covers Management of Friends’ Associations, Volunteering, Marketing and Resource Development. The courses are taught by specialists and professionals. Members of federated associations have special discounts.
This Program also travels to the interior, and where the Associations request it, FADAM is responsible for implementing it, according to the requested topic. The Association that requests it is in charge of the headquarters to dictate it and to convene the interested persons.
Every year a topical theme is chosen for culture and museums, and prominent personalities are invited to exhibit it. The Day is held in November or December, in the Auditorium of the Association of Friends of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires (MNBA), and marks the completion of the activities developed during the year. A lunch is organized for exchange and contact between the attendees and Friends. On the following day there are specially scheduled visits to museums in the city and its surroundings, for those interested who attended the Day. In order to promote assistance, a Scholarship Program has been developed, which assists with the transfer, accommodation, lunch and registration for Friends who come from the interior of the country.
FADAM at the World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM)
The World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1976, that promotes cooperation among Friends of Museums societies throughout the world, in order to enhance the value of museums and encourage the safeguarding of cultural heritage. FADAM is a member of this prestigious international organization and actively participates in its Annual Days in different parts of the world, representing the interests and work of its federated Associations of Friends. More about WFFM.
FADAM is represented before the WFFM with Cultural Ambassadors in front of the agency. As a result of this strategic alliance, we are subscribed to the «Code of Ethics» that serves as a guide for an intensive and strengthened professional relationship between Friends and Museum Volunteers.
Why become a member of FADAM?
Become the support and our museums, galleries and libraries in your locality. Thanks to our Fadam Members we can help maintain the museums and heritage sites of Argentina through their volunteering and annual contributions. Anyone who donates their time, money or experience to the museum community in Argentina can join Fadam. When you become a Member you join an established and respected organization that has been supporting and celebrating volunteers from museums and cultural and heritage entities across the country. You will be giving voice to the thousands of volunteers who put a lot of effort into promoting, representing and defending Argentina’s cultural heritage.
Our members are invited to deepen their knowledge and establish contacts with other volunteers from museums and cultural entities at our annual conference and at each regional event or activity that is organized. We also keep you updated on all our news, conferences and cultural agenda.
This is your chance to add to the cultural heritage that interests you the most. Preserve the culture. Join now!
Annual membership categories and values 2020*
$17,000/ per annum
$11,000/ per annum
$8,000/ per annum
$4,000 / annually
FADAM Youth starts in 2014, after the participation of FADAM in the Triennial Congress of the World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM) in the city of Berlin. There, for the first time, was presented an exclusive agenda for young friends of museums. More than 50 young representatives from museums around the world gathered to kick-start what is now called the GEF Youth Chapter.
Talks, conversations, networking, exchange of experiences -in Berlin, FADAM learned how to do it. Upon returning to the country, and with the aim of beginning to encourage the creation of youth teams within their federated partners, a cycle of trainings and presentations was launched, which informed about how to take the first steps in the project.
Today there are youth teams in various Associations of Friends in different parts of the country, in continuous movement and in permanent expansion. Its representative members are also part of FADAM Youth, a group that seeks to be a horizontal space for collaborative exchange of practices and knowledge around the recruitment of young audiences in museums.
They work virtually throughout the year, and meet in regional meetings with different themes, as well as in the annual day. In addition, since 2014, they participate in all the annual meetings of the GEF, being the team of young people of greater number each year.
We’re waiting for you! If you are under 40 and you are looking for your place in the culture we invite you to be part of FADAM Youth.