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To celebrate International Museum Day, directors of three distinguished Midwest art museums discussed Museums and Memory during a public forum Wednesday, May 18 at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). The Masters Series presentation featured Graham W. J. Beal, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts since 1999; David Franklin, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art since Sept. 20, 2010, and Brian Kennedy, director of TMA since September 1, 2010. Noted journalist, art critic and blogger Judith H. Dobrzynski moderated. The International Council of Museums established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role museums play in society. This year museums worldwide are offering programs that focus on how museums store memory through the objects in their collections and how these objects tell stories about their communities. The art museums of Toledo (est. 1901), Cleveland (1913) and Detroit (1885) were founded by wealthy patrons and borne of the industrial revolution. Today these museums are among the finest in the United States, yet all three must deal with the challenges of economic downturns and changing demographics in their communities.