How to Tackle Inertia of Kyrgyz Museums?
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit in collaboration with the Association of Anthropologists of Kyrgyzstan, the Museum Initiatives Centre, the Christensen Foundation, and the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), organised a workshop on “Cultural Policy of Kyrgyzstan: How to Overcome Inertia in Museums?” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on May 7th 2019. It brought together 40 representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic, heads and specialists of museums, as well as experts of cultural heritage, to discuss cultural policy in Kyrgyzstan.
“Museums are part of the national culture that have an enormous role in the historical education of the young generation. When active and dynamic, they play a key role in the educational system of the country, and with proper development, they also stimulate tourism,” said Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, Dean of the UCA’s Graduate School of Development, stressing on the importance of museums for education in his opening address.
During the workshop, participants discussed modern museum management and marketing, interactive participation of museums in public processes, and also developed proposals to give museums incentive to develop effective museum policies, create a programme for museum management, and to preserve cultural heritage and traditional knowledge for museums. It also explored museum strengths and weaknesses, best practices from other organisations, as well as the experience of Kazakhstan in terms of museum development, through keynotes addresses by Dr Galia Faizullina from Kazakh Turan University, Dr. Keneshbek Almakuchukov, Head of the Kyrgyz National Museum and Dr. Cholpon Turdalieva, Professor at AUCA. Summarising the workshop outputs, participants plan to continue joint activities for trainings and the establishment of the Kyrgyz Association of Museums.