Central Asian Museum Development Programme
The Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit of the UCA's Graduate School of Development oversees the implementation of the Central Asian Museum Development Program (CAMDP). This program has been in operation since 2019 with the objective of providing support to museums. It achieves this by offering theoretical training, practical workshops, and small grants. Over the years, CAMDP has organized more than 20 educational events and has provided assistance for innovative exhibitions, educational projects, and various museum activities.
Within the framework of the Program, the First National Museum Festival of Kyrgyzstan was initiated and organized. The festival brought together about 70 museum specialists from all over Kyrgyzstan and became a platform for discussing topical issues of museum business, international and local trends and professional networking.
The main objective of the program is to enhance the professional expertise and abilities of museum specialists. The program's content focuses on the idea of the importance of reflecting local stories in museum spaces, the decolonization of historical narratives, and the use of innovative methods to popularize cultural heritage.
Another integral component of the program involves conducting research related to museum activities in Central Asia. Museums play a crucial role, not only as repositories for material culture but also as platforms for generating fresh perspectives, knowledge, and narratives. Their infrastructure enables them to serve as local hubs for enriching leisure experiences, providing supplementary education, and fostering the creative economy.