Thanks to the support of the Open Society Institute, Budapest, CIMAM awarded 4 grants to support the attendance of professionals from the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Mongolia and Turkey to attend CIMAM’s 2008 Annual Conference The Shape of Memory: The Museum and its Collections held in New York on 17–18 November 2008.
→ Altyn Kapalova. Senior research specialist, Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts, Kyrgyzstan
→ Nazareth Karoyan. President, AICA-Armenia, Armenia
→ Larissa Pletnikova. Director, Desht-e-Art Center, Kazakhstan
→ Urtnasan Sarantuya. Director, Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts, Mongolia