Sep 17, 2013
General Conference of the International Council of Museums
From August 10 to 17, Rio de Janeiro heldthe 23rd triennial General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The Conference was a great opportunity to meet other museum professionals and learn about projects from cultural centers world-wide.
The Cidadedas Artes was the venue chosen for the event, a beautiful location where shows, performances, art exhibitions are presented on a regular basis.
Museums (memory + creativity) = social change was the theme of ICOM RIO2013. Panelists brought to the conference interesting topics and collective work proposals to the event, like the idea of a Collaborative Database where visitors (users), cooperative work and experience create a narrative database improving the quality of information provided to the users. This specific presentation was a good way to demonstrate how ACCI is currently working with the latest concepts of museum and collections development as ACCI has already started its Online Database project to unite and improve the searchability of Eeyou Istchee collections. Storytelling, collaborative involvement of the community in educational projects, creativity and the use of technology and Social Medias were topics well explored during the event.
One interesting visit was to the Museu da Favela, a museum located on the top of the Cantagalo-Pavao-Pavaozinho favelas (slum). The museum is a community based institution supported by both governmental entities and private institutions. A very successful partnership was created with Universidade Federal do Rio (Federal University of Rio); the university is helping the museums with special projects like architectural plans for the construction
s of a new headquarters and
in exchange students use the museum for internship as well as to develop
projects from different departments (museology, tourism, design, social studies
among others). This partnership has generated interested from community members
seeking for higher education and for university students to understand the
community work and the role of the museum in the community.
One of MUF’s successful projects is the Casas Tela (Canvas Houses) where community members allow pre-selected local artists to paint one external wall of their houses to create a mural along the favela. Even before the work
starts, the house owner becomes responsible for that space as he/she prepares
the wall to receive the art, safely maintains the artworks safe and
encourage others to learn and join the project.
It was surprising to see the commitment of those involved with the Casa Tela project and how it has improved
visitation to the museum and the region. Below is an image of the routes and
artworks current on display.
ACCI Coordinator of Collections and Exhibits presented the paper Cultural life in today’s society: the Cree Culture revitalized in which she spoke about ACCI mission and specifically the promotion of the culture to young generations through creativity and technology. There was a good exchange of information and many colleagues were interested in learning more about ACCI and some of its projects.
The presentation opened discussion about the role of community museums in isolated regions, how to integrate community members in projects developed by the institution and more important how to ensure access to information in a non-exploitive environment.
ICOM RIO2013 was a great event bringing together different aspects of the museum work, as well as government agencies, educational institutions and many other professionals all willing to learn and share knowledge.
Written by Marina Piza, Coordinator of Collections and Exhibits