Zero In Workshop on Establishing Community Museums

            This project builds on and carries over many of the ideas and suggestions from an earlier national workshop conducted by the Zero In Museum Consortium in September 2013 on museum appreciation and management. The Zero In Consortium is composed of the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Lopez Museum, and Museo Pambata. The latter is headed by PH NatCom Education Commissioner Cristina L. Yuson, who facilitated the submission of the proposal for this current project by the Consortium.

            The Consortium’s 2014 Workshop on Establishing Community Museums was successfully conducted on September 11 to 14, 2014 in Maa, Davao City in partnership with The Mindanao Association of Museums.

            The four-day workshop was specially designed for individuals and institutions interested in setting up or revitalizing a community museum. Zero In revised and updated its workshop syllabus and manual for the Davao workshop to focus on five major topics: Introduction to Museums, Collections Management, Exhibitions, Education and Marketing, and Fundraising. The lectures and discussions on these were led by Zero In Consortium’s pool of museum professionals. On the other hand, views, perspectives and practices from Mindanao on community museum-building and management were given by local experts. Ms. Sylvia Lorenzana, Director of Davao Museum, spoke on fundraising; Mr. Benjamin Abadiano, Founder of Pamulaan Living Heritage Centre, discussed community engagement; and Ms. Amalia Bandiola-Cabusao, Editor-In-Chief of Mindanao Times, talked about local media promotion and engagement.

            Dr. Erlinda Burton, Anthropology Professor of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City and President of the Mindanao Association of Museums, formally opened the workshop, while Museo Pambata President and PH NatCom Commissioner  Cristina Yuson warmly welcomed the participants. Fifty five (55) participants from as many as 30 institutions attended the workshop.

            Expectedly, majority of the participants—38 of the 55 individual participants and 21 of 30 represented institutions—came from Mindanao, although it is also noteworthy that five participants from three institutions came from the Visayas, and 11 individuals from six institutions came from Luzon. All participants are now part of the Consortium’s online network of museum supporters and workers.

            Finally, the workshop concluded with field trips/visits to the Davao Museum, Museo Dabawenyo, and Pamulaan Living Heritage Center.

            As a measure of the workshop’s success, Zero In Consortium has been requested by the Mindanao Association of Museums to conduct a shortened version of the workshop in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat in May 2015, and a second level workshop for those who attended the September 2014 Davao workshop.

Opening remarks from Dr. Erlinda Burton, MAM president

Workshop participants pose in front of Davao Museum .

Joycie Alegre of UP Visayas Tacloban College shares her experiences as a cultural worker .