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CAM Bulletin Number 6 - Feb. 2000
Internships Successful for CAM in 1998-1999, Two More Underway in 1999-2000
In 1998-9, CAM was successful in obtaining four interns for six months, two for Barbados (Barbados Museum and Historical Society and Museums Association of the Caribbean) and one each for the National Museum, Monuments and Art Gallery, Gaborone, Botswana and the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, to undertake work in children's education to support CAM's Group for Children in African Museums programme. Articles from the two interns located in Barbados are included in this Bulletin and those from Kenya and Botswana will be featured in the next Bulletin to be published soon.
This programme, the Youth International Internship Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, is administered for Canadian museums through the Canadian Museums Association (CMA). It provides funds to assist Canadian young people to undertake international youth internships. The internships are designed to help the interns to learn about their chosen fields and gain experience to ease their transition into the job market. Other objectives are to benefit the host museum and the sponsor, CAM.
The two African interns worked with the host museums in their Education departments and assisted with the development of children's programmes or activities. In Botswana, several activities and components were developed by Colleen Bauman, including a "kids culture magazine". In Kenya, Andrea Gumpert worked closely with a Kenyan colleague, Elizabeth Ouma, to develop a programme for young children called "Kumbu Kumbu". All were written up for the GCAM participants.
In Barbados, Caroline Lanthier worked with a colleague, Peggy McGeary, in the Barbados Museum's Education Dept. to initiate a community museum in an historic area of the island "Holetown". They successfully interviewed and involved the local residents, especially long time residents, in the creation of the museum. Caroline was also able to assist in the co-ordination of "Museums, Peace and Democracy". The second intern in Barbados, Jonathan Murphy, encountered some unexpected circumstances as the Museums Association of the Caribbean (MAC) was undergoing significant changes. Office accommodation was found for him at the Barbados Museum and he was successful in developing a website for MAC, preparing, distributing and beginning the compilation of a survey of Caribbean collections, and helping to organize the MAC annual conference in November 1998.
Our sincere thanks go to Llewellyn Gill, President of the Museums Association of the Caribbean, Alissandra Cummins, Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Dr. George Abungu and Frederick Karanja of the National Museums of Kenya, and Nakiso Kubanji and Tickey Pule of the National Museums, Monuments and Art Gallery in Gaborone. We acknowledge with gratitude the funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian Museums Association and the latter's hard work in administering the programme with efficiency.
In July 1999, CAM was successful in obtaining $24,000 for two interns in the 1999-2000 program. The number of internships available through the CMA was cut back considerably so we were pleased to receive funding for two to work on the GCAM programme, one in Pilgrim's Rest, South Africa and one at the National Art Museum in Maputo, Mozambique. Project Supervisors are Alda Costa, Director of Museums, Department of Culture and Youth, Mozambique and Dr. Graham Dominy, Director, Arts and Culture, Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Mpumalanga Provincial Government, Nelspruit, South Africa, both participants in the Nairobi Workshop.
As in previous years, the qualifications of the selected interns has been very high. The two successful applicants this year were Jennifer Frederickson, of Vancouver, and Joanna Gillespie of Toronto. Jennifer, who chose Mozambique, has her BA in the History of Art from the University of Victoria (including some museum studies), and work experience at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre in the Education Department. While science and art provide significantly different educational environments, the variety and extent of the school and adult programmes offered by the Aquarium meant that Jennifer's familiarity with museum education was extensive. The different kinds of programmes offered by the Aquarium provided a solid background in approaching education programming. A chance to get back to an Art Museum and to learn Portuguese, all while traveling, were added attractions!
Joanna was also able to go to the location of her choice, South Africa. Joanna's interest was reflected in her university education at the University of Manitoba where she obtained her degree in History focusing on world history since 1945. Her career interests in museums and in museum education have also been developed through her Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, additional education courses from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and educational programming work with the Children's Own Museum, Toronto, and other museum work experiences. Her internship at the Pilgrim's Rest Museum, in Pilgrim's Rest, an historic mining town, will suit her education and experience very well.
The interns will be finished their work at the end of March and we look forward to their additions to the GCAM files and to their articles in later Bulletins. The programme continues to be a positive one for CAM, the interns and the host museums and we look forward to being able to engage more interns in the future.
NOTE: Because CAM is set up to take the opportunity to move forward on the GCAM programme and has established contacts with museums with the resources and people to take the interns, it was decided to continue that initiative. If the YIIP programme continues, we would be pleased to be able to expand our activities somewhat to include more placements in the Caribbean or the Pacific. Interested museums should contact Lois Irvine at the Secretariat.
The grants are devoted to intern remuneration, expenses and travel. In addition small direct costs are incurred for both CAM and host museums as well as significant contributions of time and administrative support. These costs can usually be absorbed in the general budget lines as they are facilities and supplies, and local travel such as would be necessary for any other museum worker.