In February 2016, the ICOM Strategic Allocation Review Commission (SAREC) gathered in Paris and awarded grants to eight special projects out of the 16 applications submitted to ICOM by its committees.
The grant applications must be consistent with the framework of the organisation’s Strategic Plan. They must also fall within the budget allocated for Support to the Network, voted every year by the ICOM Executive Council.
This year, eight projects have been chosen from among the 16 submitted, in very different fields, with funding granted for workshops and publications, as well as courses for specific training needs.
The Commission above all highlighted projects involving partnerships between different committees, contributing to a broader presence for ICOM, beyond the symbolic borders of the network. For example, the project jointly organised by the International Committee for Museums of Cities (CAMOC), the Committee for Regional Museums (ICR) and the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) on the role of museums in the integration process for migrants was particularly appreciated. A four-day workshop entitled “Specifications of Museum Management in Post-Soviet Countries”, organised by the Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP), as well as ICOM Armenia and ICOM Croatia, working together for the first time, will receive funding.
Several specific training programmes were also placed in the spotlight this year. A training workshop on the digitalisation of collections of West African museums will take place in Niger. Two other trainings sessions related to crisis management were selected. The first one, to be held in Nepal, is organised by ICR jointly with other National Committees and will focus on the rebuilding of local communities after an earthquake. The second one, hosted by the International Committee for Security (ICMS) and ICOM Kenya, will address the topic of emergency procedures in African museums. A final grant was awarded to CAM, ICTOP and ICOM Canada for a training and publishing programme on museum accessibility in South Asia.
Meanwhile, ICOM Mexico will hold a conference to evaluate the use of the Red List of Endangered Cultural Objects of Central America and Mexico, published in 2009. This year, the SAREC has also renewed its support to the book project commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ICOM Committee for Conservation, ICOM-CC.
We wish these projects success, and will keep up with their progress in 2016!