Museums and Communities Report: Museum Education Summer School, Armenia

From 13 to 15 June 2018, ITP UK Partner Ronan Brindley (Head of Learning, Manchester Art Gallery) returned to Armenia to work with fellows Hayk Mkrtchyan (ITP 2014, Senior Fellow 2017), Marine Mkrtchyan (ITP 2014), Astghik Marabyan (ITP 2017) and Davit Poghosan (ITP 2015) on a Museum Education Summer School, held in at the SMART Center in Lori. The focus was Museums and Communities: from visiting to participation.

Museums and Community workshop Staff at COAF SMART Center in Debed, Lori 1

Project organisers Hayk, Ronan, Astghik, Marine and Davit at the SMART Center, Lori

The International Training Programme provided travel support for Ronan Brindley, project co-creator:
“For the British Museum’s International Training Programme (ITP) to be able to support the workshop ‘Museums and Communities: from visiting to participation’ in Lori was a wonderful opportunity. To see relationships – and friendships – continue to grow and produce vibrant and positive outcomes for the culture and heritage sector in Armenia is a credit to both Ronan and our creative and engaging network of ITP Fellows. While there is a numerical limit to the number of fellows that can come to the British Museum each summer for the ITP, workshops like this enable the programme to support cascaded training in-country, which can only be beneficial to all involved.”
Claire Messenger, Manager, International Training Programme

The project report is available to read and download from the link below. It includes information on organisers and supporters, the project schedule and methodology and quotes from participants.

Museums and Communities Report

Workshop Participants with CMF Teen Council and Local Community schoolchildren

Workshop participants with Cafesjian Center for the Arts Teen Council and local school children, SMART Centre, Lori