Regional UNESCO/ICOM Training for CIS countries «Running a Museum: Policy of Management and Practical Regulation»
In continuation of the cycle of Regional Thematic Trainings for the Museum Specialists of CIS countries in the framework of the joint project of UNESCO and IFESCCO “Running a Museum – XXI Century: Thematic Regional Capacity-building UNESCO/ICOM Trainings and Expert Meetings for CIS countries” (2011-2014), the Regional Thematic Training and the Expert meeting «Running a Museum: Policy of Management and Practical Regulation» took place from 1 to 4 November 2012, in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The training and the expert meeting in Astana was organized by the Ethno-Memorial Complex “The Map of Kazakhstan “Atameken”, with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office, UNESCO Office in Almaty and Tashkent, and in partnership with the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the RK, the Department of the Culture of Astana city and the Association of Museums of Kazakhstan.
The Regional Thematic training «Running a Museum: Policy of Management and Practical Regulation» was focused on improvement of the place of museums in sustainable tourism development, taking it as a vector for economic development. In particular, a new UNESCO initiative on Global Partnership for Museums was considered for involving museums and related institutions as vital partners in the implementation of cultural policies for sustainable development.
The programme of the training was based on the UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package “Running a Museum – 21st Century” and on the Presentational & Educational Resource Kit of the UNESCO/IFESCCO Project for CIS Countries on Museum Management published in 2010.
The following issues were on the agenda:
• Strategic planning and project management of modern museum;
• Regulatory and economic support of the museum's activities;
• Training of young experts in the field of museum work;
• Experience of practical interaction between museums, educational institutions and authorities;
• The role of museums in preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage: challenges and prospects;
• Development of multi-level educational programs capacity-building of museum staff;
• The use of innovative technologies: the museum of the xxi century;
• Development of international and regional professional museum networks.
The training brought together more than 70 museum professionals from CIS countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, as well as specialists of the regional museums of Kazakhstan. Within the training museum specialists have obtained profound knowledge of modern museum practices presented by the leading experts in the field, as well as have exchanged their experience in museum activity in their respective countries.
The Regional Thematic training in Astana was based on lectures and presentations of experts, discussions, presentations of participants, work in groups, visits to the Astana museums. Highly qualified trainers were involved for the carrying out of the training. Between them: Andreeva Galina, Member of the Presidium of the International Committee of Fine Arts (ICFA/ICOM); Selezneva Ekaterna, Vice President of the ICOM Russia; Stashkevich Alla, President of the Belarusian Committee of ICOM; Munalbaeva Umitkhan, Director of the Ethno-Memorial Comlex “The Map of Kazakhstan “Atameken”, President of the Association of Museums of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Altaev Barazbay, Head of the Department of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Orazymbetova Bakhytkhan, Expert of the Mega-Project Western Europe – Western China.
At the end of the expert meeting aimed to discuss issues and prospects of museum development in CIS countries in the context of contemporary culture, expert recommendations were elaborated on further development of museum partnership and improvement of museum policies.
The Training in Astana contributed to reinforce museum networking and museum-to-museum partnership in CIS countries, increase capacity of museum professionals in CIS countries in safeguarding the heritage, awareness raising of cultural diversity, cultural industries and cultural tourism. Apart from increasing of social, economic and educational roles of museums, their role in sustainable tourism is to be strengthened.