The initiative BE MUSEUMER was officially launched on 26 February at a press conference in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Creative Europe funded project aims to empower museum professionals and contribute to the development of the museum field in the South Caucasus region (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) and to establish an international training programme.
BE MUSEUMER is a consortium project led by the Georgian Museum Association (GMA) together with the project partners NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations and the Academy of Cultural Management. A range of training and webinars on relevant subjects will be organised within the project timeframe of three years. The training will be open exclusively for museum staff from the South Caucasus region, whereas the webinars also will be open to the general public. The project sets out to strengthen its beneficiaries’ leadership and management skills to respond to 21st-century museum challenges.

Museum professionals will conduct research analysis of museum spaces in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The results will be available on the project’s website.

Inga Karaia, Director of the Georgian Museum Association (GMA), underlines the importance of the project, which is the first precedent of establishment of a long-term international training programme for museumers in the South Caucasus region. She hopes that, ‘BE MUSEUMER will become an interesting and useful platform for young museum professionals from all three countries and that it will strengthen the idea of founding the International Museum Study Centre at Tbilisi State Academy of Art.’

Julia Pagel, NEMO’s Secretary General, hopes that BE MUSEUMER will help in creating ‘advanced, inclusive, and diverse museum work environment in the whole South Caucasus region as well as a stronger connection between museums in Europe and Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.’

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Upcoming calls for the training and webinars will be announced on:

This article was produced by Marie Banks, IE News Coordinator, from a NEMO Press Release.
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To cite this article:
NEMO – Network of European Museum Organisations (2019) ‘BE MUSEUMER’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 1-2019, 25.
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