C o m m o n w e a l t h
A s s o c i a t i o n o f
M u s e u m s
CAM Bulletin Number 4 - May, 1998
The President's Column
Welcome to the President's Column.
Since our very successful workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on: "Children in African Museums: The Undiscovered Audience", we have started to look ahead with the aim of developing more programmes that will involve the generality of our members. In our Nairobi Declaration we established the Group for Children in African Museums (GCAM) which is aimed at developing programmes that are children-centred and children-oriented. GCAM also aims at establishing networks across the Commonwealth which will link our children and museum colleagues who work with children, so that ideas and programmes can be shared and exchanged. More importantly, GCAM aims at making our museums children-friendly. I urge all of you to embrace GCAM and make the initiative a success.
CAM '99 will be held in Barbados beginning the first full week of May, May 5-12, 1999. As we take our museums beyond the traditional terrain, the Executive Council has agreed that the theme of our Triennial will be: Museums, Peace, Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century. Our focus will be to examine critically how Museums can and should use their resources to contribute to global Peace, true Democracy, good and effective Governance in the 21st Century. We hope that this will challenge museums around the world in many ways and provide opportunities for a more incisive and critical discourse on what museums can do to achieve these aims in a changing world.
Our choice of theme is informed by the fact that museums can no longer continue to remain silent on such critical issues. As we approach the 21st Century, they become ever more central to the very survival of humanity. If we consider museums are essential to our identity and human values, we can no longer be satisfied to be at the fringes and margins of our communities but must be there at the core.
I am confident that many of our membership will be able to come to Barbados to participate in the Triennial and share in our message of hope for Peace in the 21st century. We welcome your comments on our choice of theme for CAM '99.
I urge you again to contribute to the growth and development of CAM in your country by increasing our membership, by carrying out CAM-related activities in your museums and sharing your ideas, plans, programmes with your other colleagues. To do this, I recommend that you write for the CAM Bulletin and be in regular contact with our Secretariat.
As I said in an earlier CAM Bulletin in 1996, "the Commonwealth is one family that has the greatest blend of the best cultures in the World, and CAM, as an Organisation, has the singular advantage of harnessing these cultures and projecting them for the benefit of humanity."
We in CAM are members of that family and we should make our museums speak that common language that will make humankind understand itself better.
Be a friend of Museums in the Commonwealth, join CAM!
Emmanuel N. Arinze