• International Forum and Regional Workshop "Museums for Sustainable Development of the Society"

  • 1 -4 July 2018
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    ​Museums are institutions which roles have continually been changed and formed according to the development of the society and environment.
    Museum development in some East European countries was transformed onto the new international standards, but others and mainly Post-Soviet space museums have still various actual and common problems – those aren’t still relevantly studied and analyzed.
    Among other problems discussed and studied by the ICOM Georgia and Georgian Museum Association together with Regional partners the social role of museums still remains not well understood especially in region museums and needs to be transformed from collection-focused into the audience-centered. Studies show that the issue is in urgent need of being widely reflected, re-evaluated and strategically developed in the whole South Caucasus region as today more than ever, museums are at the heart and have great importance in contemporary societies that enable them to matter. The time is right for museums to transform their contribution to contemporary life. Individuals and communities are in the hard social environment, under the stress and every museum has to play its part in improving lives, creating better places based on the accessibility, informal education, study and enjoyment.
    The project is being implemented within the actions of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
    Responding to the EYCH 2018 tasks the project aims to:  
    • To explore importance of museums for sustainable development of the society;
    • To raise right awareness and values about museums;
    • To foster the social inclusion, cohesion and people’s participation;
    • To focus on social practices and societal diversity, as a potential asset for museums to foster their social role;
    • To call for museums to take local communities into account and thus accept their social responsibility within these communities;
    • To draw attention to the challenges museums face in today’s environment;
    • To underline and research the role the museums can play in bringing together communities through the audiences, collections and workforce
    • To advocate for inclusive spaces, diversity and openness within museums.
    • To share best practices and experience.
    Project working language: English, Georgian
    ​The project has been funded within ICOM Special Projects Grant 2018
    The project covers 2 components: 1-day international forum and 2 days Regional workshop:
    • 1-day international forum presented 3 keynotes and 8 invited speakers from different countries. After the presentations active panel discussion was organized to respond the questions from audience and develop recommendations for the museums in the South Caucasus Region.
    • 2-days intensive learning series full of theoretical and practical aspects was organized within the project and ran by experts of ICOM Europe:Luis Raposo - Chair of ICOM Europe and Monika Hagedorn-Saupe - board member, ICOM Europe; Chair of CIDOC.The workshop brought 18 museum professionals from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan (Museum managers, development staff, curators, collection managers, educational managers, audience development staff, PR and marketing specialists etc.).
    Project Organizers:
    ICOM National Committee in Georgia
    ICOM Europe – International Council of Museums Europe Alliance
    Georgian Museums Association  
    Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia
    National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia
    Georgian National Museum  
    ICOM National Committee in Azerbaijan 
    ICOM National Committee in Armenia
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