Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean
Promoted jointly by ICOM EU and ICOM LAC has just began (September 2016).
ICOM-Europe is a Regional Organization of the International Council of Museums. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and co-operation between National Committees in Europe (Europe region as defined by UNESCO, excluded Canada). It also represents a framework for co-operation between museums and museum professionals. ICOM-Europe assists National Committees in the implementation of their programs. ICOM-Europe is a partner of other regional ICOM-organizations. augue.
MIGRATION: CITIES / (im) migration and arrival cities project
Teti Hadjinikolaou, ICOM Europe Board Member, participated in the CAMOC, ICR and CAM (Commonwealth Association if Museums) supra referred meeting. Here is her report.
CAMOC, ICR and CAM (Commonwealth Association if Museums) have launched their joint project convinced that the influx of migrants brought new challenges to contemporary cities reflected in new forms of urbanism as far as in cultural, political and economic processes. In this context museums can act as mediators of a fruitful dialogue.
The inaugural workshop took place between 6 and 8 February in Athens, where citizens are called to support with solidarity thousands of refugees. It was meant to reflect collectively on how museums can create a common platform to share relevant experiences, knowledge and good practices on this topic. Thus, the workshop brought successfully together approximately sixty participants (museum professionals, researchers, NGO representatives, psychologists, specialists of intercultural education, social workers, migrants and refugees) from Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil and South Africa.
From the presentations it was realized that museums all over the world have become very involved with contemporary debates on migration. There have been many European projects focusing on the intercultural social dialogue and also a number of relative publications. The key factor of success in these projects was to involve local factors in the creative process. Co creation is the key concept of all these initiatives. Participatory projects can promote the inclusion of refugees and migrants.
The second workshop of the project will take place in Mexico City on the 28th of October 2017. Regular updates will be posted on CAMOC’s website (http:// network.icom.museum/camoc/).
-ICOM, the International Council of Museums, the only worldwide organization representing museums and museum professionals, has since 1946 assisted the community of museums in their mission to preserve, conserve and share cultural heritage.
-ICOM Europe, the Regional Alliance of the International Council of Museums, the most representative organization of Museums and Professionals of Museums in the entire continent and immediate regions, assembling National Committees from fifty countries (from Atlantic to Urals and Caucasus, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean) and almost thirty thousand individual and institutional members (representing about four fifths of the total ICOM worldwide membership), is profoundly committed to the promotion of museums in general, developing their missions and social goals, which are, according to the ICOM´s definition, “the service of society and its development… for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment”.
-The recent annual Conference of ICOM Europe on the theme of “National Museums”, organized in Lisbon, November 28-29, 2016 with the participation of more than one hundred museum professionals from about twenty European countries, decided to underline the need for states authorities to support and develop National Museums, as autonomous heritage institutions promoting citizenship and acting as forums for elaborating contested issues and establishing bridge-building narratives
- The investment in National Museums has to be considered as a key strategic option for the European countries.
-The difficult financial situation of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Sarajevo, conducted to its closure to the public for several years and its reopening in an extremely still difficult situation.
It is recommended to the competent national and local authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to:
- Make all possible efforts to solve the financial problems in order to guarantee the good functioning of the National Museum of Bosnia ans Herzegovina, as well as the continuing of the important work achieved by the museum’s professionals, whose devotion is recognized by the entire community of museum all around the world.
- Strengthen the role of the National Museum as a Europe's 'cultural glue', contributing to the appropriate attitudes helping communities to meet a future of sustainable and inclusive growth.
-Elaborate a strategic plan for the renovation of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the development of its activities in the service of society.
ICOM Europe Board, Lisbon, December, 1, 2016
A new board of ICOM Europe has been elected during the General Conference of ICOM held in Milan, July 2016 and hopefully a new era begins in our activities. Our election occurred when the statutes of ICOM have been revised in a way that the role of Regional Alliances inside ICOM is to be developed and new responsibilities are to expectable to occur – something symbolically expressed in the fact that for the first time right for voting in General Assemblies is given to these regional levels of assembling. In these auspicious circumstances let me firstly express my most sincere pleasure in addressing you as newly elected President of our Regional Alliance, ICOM Europe. As you known, when running for the presidency, I’ve exposed in due time a proposal for future activities. Immediately after our election, the executive board met, still in Milan, and a final plan of activities has been approved. In this site we present the summary of our plan of activities. We will also give place to the dissemination of activities promoted by all European National Committees of ICOM as for ICOM in general. Besides the activities previewed in our plan, we are also open, in fact we are willing to consider any other proposals. So, please do not hesitate in contacting us whenever you consider to have an idea for any other activity (conference, seminar, training action, etc, etc.). Me and our entire board, we will consider all proposals carefully, especially when the proponent National Committee is in conditions to actively contribute for its implementation. We have to remember that Regional Alliance in ICOM are just platforms to allow for better and more efficient cooperation between National Committees, and to promote their activities and knowledge upon other regions. So, ICOM Europe will of course basically be what European National Committees want and expect it to be. Luís Raposo ICOM EUROPE President email@example.com