The Open Museum Association
The Open Museum Association was established during the First Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale in 1995. Since first days of operation its mission was to consolidate cultural initiatives in museum and educational fields, to assist in establishing productive partnership among museum professionals of the vast Siberian territory and Russia as a whole.
Starting with the year 2000 the Association implements its initiatives in the field of electronic information. The projects of the Association are represented at the web site: www.museum.ru/museum/aom
One of the Association’s projects is directed at publishing activity. It includes the following editions:
Bulletin “Open Museum” - 4 issues a year
Newsletter “Open Museum” (supplement to the Magazine) - 12 issues a year
Video Bulletin “Open Museum” – 4 issues a year
Almanac “The Museum Quarter” (Muzeyny Kvartal) – once every two years
In 1999 – 2000 the Association carries out the project aimed at the development of the infrastructure of the Krasnoyarsk Territory in cultural sphere, which includes assistance to the regional Siberian museums by providing them with modern means of communication, such as e-mail and Internet access. In 2000 the Yenisseysky Museum of Local Lore and Ethnography, the Sharypovsky Museum and Exhibition Centre, the Nazarovsky Museum and Exhibition Centre, the Boguchansky Museum of Local Lore, the Kansky Museum of Local Lore have already joined Internet and designed web sites of their own.
Another major project of the Association is the Siberian Museum Workshops. The OMA is involved in preparing and carrying out the event. During the training sessions the professionals from various museums of Russia and experts in the topical field of the workshop are designing an artistic product, for instance, an exhibit, or teach children some artistic skills or shoot a video, etc. Information during the workshop is updated daily and published in full-scale on the web site. Digitized photo gallery, newspaper articles of “The Museum Quarter”, other texts and comments, including teleconferences between the participants of the workshop and the museum professionals world-wide, illustrate the Internet daily reports.
On March 17-21, 2000 the museum workshop was carried out in Zelenogorsk. The workshop had a mission of promoting the co-operation between traditional culture and the contemporary art approaches and technologies. Four groups headed by the masters of the contemporary art trends took part in the training. During five days the groups were creating the exhibit: from the initial point to the culminating presentation of the finished artefact. As a follow-up to the event with assistance of the Zelenogorsky Museum and Exhibition Centre a CD-ROM was recorded. The authors - Inga and Sergey Kadochnikov – did their best to represent the whole range of information about the Workshop. Besides, it contains the computer version of the “The Museum Quarter” issues, photos, as well as reports on the discussion with Dieter Bogner.