Community Crafts and Culture

Community Crafts and Culture is a collaborative community project coordinated by the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) at the University of St Andrews. This SFC GCRF project sought to support and empower three indigenous communities identified by the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica towards a sustainable future, through a collaborative fit-for-purpose practical solution to problems identified by the communities relating their artisan production and promotion.

Through a process of consultation and collaboration with the indigenous communities, five project objectives were outlined:

(1). To build on existing partnerships, from local community groups to national and international organisations;

(2). To empower local women to take ownership of selling their crafts;

(3). To support the communities by helping them acquire the necessary skills to promote their crafts;

(4). To evaluate and harness the knowledge gained through the project across the wider Community Museums Network of the Americas; and

(5). To build on the increased capacity of an empowered community towards a broader project throughout Latin America in the future.

Project Details

Location: Costa Rica, Brazil, South America, Americas Organiser(s): University of St Andrews Project partner(s): International Council of Museums (ICOM) Costa Rica, National Museum of Costa Rica Funder(s): Scottish Funding Council, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Funding received: £79,000 Commencement Date: 08/2013 Project Status: Active
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