De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde’s Hotel Benilde opened their doors for the International Museum Day 2014 Forum, which happened last June 27, 2014 and was co-sponsored by ICOM (International Council of Museums), International Federation of Social Sciences Organization (IFSSO), and De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. The theme of the forum was “Museum Collections make Connections”.
Museum owners and artists gathered for the said forum, and it was truly a great experience to be there as an Arts Management student because I was able to share ideas with those kinds of people who are into the creative industry. Contributing my own concepts and ideas to those people who already gained a lot of experience in the creative industry was really humbling and fascinating. I enjoyed the activity that we did: brainstorming towards the questions with regards to preserving museum collections and their value. It was there that I was able to meet people who were practicing professionals in their own field, particularly in the arts. One was working in the Bantayog Memorial Center (Quezon City), and one is working in a handicrafts store that preserves the Philippine culture. I was able to learn certain terms like ancestral domain and museum collection, terms that I wasn’t familiar of before.
Being in the forum during the afternoon session did not make me feel left out at all because of the construction and unification of the ideas all throughout the forum. True to the International Museum Day’s goal which is “to increase public awareness about the role of museums in the development of society”, I became mindful about museums’ role in the society as an Arts Management student. Museums exist in the country to fulfill their missions and vision. But in fulfilling their missions and vision, they must also reassess their performance and know their standards of success to keep themselves soaring and to accomplish their dreams for the good of the society.
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