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International Museum Day 2014

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International Museum Day 2014

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.

 

For further details, you may refer to this link:
http://network.icom.museum/fileadmin/user_upload/minisites/imd/images/IMD_2014_Press_kit_ENG_01.pdf

Escolta and Art

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Escolta and Art

I can say that this is a “Real Junior Now” semi-part two blog post of mine. Check the “Real Junior Now” here, if you want to read it: https://whoismaria.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/real-junior-now/. This will be a deeper and more personal blog post for me, and it will be a bit artsy (I hope not).

As I said in my recent blog post, I went to Escolta. I walked from Quiapo church to Escolta which takes less than a kilometer, I guess. While walking, I was observing the surroundings and the landmarks I passed by: the Quiapo church, the Quinta Market, the people who were selling, along with those buying in the sidewalk, the BPI building, and the other old buildings found along the Escolta street. I appreciated the architecture of the old buildings, particularly its neo art deco style. My previous subject, Philippine Art and Design History, made me appreciate the Philippine architecture during the early 20th century. Escolta was being eyed on by groups of people who are interested in the cultural heritage lately, I suppose.

During my stay in the organization’s office, I learned a lot from the curator-speaker-lecturer that time. She made me realize that it’s not really more about the art or the “object” made. It is more about the artist – his/her experiences and creativity as an artist. It inspired me to promote the artists more. It made me feel more of being an arts manager. She taught me to look at the artists differently, that they are human beings like us. The only difference is that art is their way of life and, their creativity never leaves them. Their mind and wild imagination keeps them living and breathing. Just the thought of it keeps me motivated to push through becoming an arts manager in the near future.

Real Junior Now

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Real Junior Now

Yesterday, I went to a meeting with a curator, Miss Dayang Yraola along with some friends-slash-blockmates for an arts project as our internship. INTERNSHIP. I will be having an internship already! I can’t “somehow” believe that I’m an intern now because I am only an eighteen-year old yet I’ll be working with art projects, international artists, and curators. It’s exciting because it makes me feel like I will be a legit arts manager soon.The meeting was held in the organization’s office at Escolta, so going there from our house through commuting was a bit hassle for me because I have to choose between two options: ride the FX to Quiapo then walk to Escolta, or ride the FX to SM North EDSA, ride a jeep to LRT, then simply ride the LRT to Carriedo. I chose Option A. I love adventures, and the first option saves more money than the second one.

I wasn’t lost. I was able to go to Escolta safely without a friend, and I walked towards the location with the (guessing) knowledge of how to go there from Quiapo church. Plus, I wasn’t late for the meeting-slash-lecture! Throughout the meeting, I learned more about the art project where I will be be a part of, the tasks that I will be soon accomplishing and crowd funding. I realized that I need to know what I really can do and what I want in life because my learning ground won’t be the school anymore sooner. I lived long enough in my fantasy, not in the reality where I must be living. But I guess I need to live in my fantasy now and then to keep myself inspired.

Going to school with my friends-slash-blockmates, we rode the LRT altogether. Aren’t we sweet? Anyway, we met our (kind and probably an awesome) professor from our TECWRI (Technical Writing for Arts Management) class. We were late for almost an hour, and she dismissed the class earlier than the usual time (it should’ve been 17:40, but we were dismissed at almost 16:10).

I’ll have another blog post for personal reflections during that particular day. Please do get ready for a semi-artsy blog post every week. I’ve been gone for a long time now. I apologize. I was too lazy to open my blog and post random stuff again. Someday soon, I’ll post about my personal life, like how I’ve been doing these days. Thank you for continuously reading my blog posts! If you are fond of poems and personal sentiments, feel free to follow or read my posts in my other blog, mournwithtears.wordpress.com. God bless!