The Government undertakes to provide a legal framework for the Network of Museums of the Canary Islands

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The Scientific Committee presents an award to the director of Casa de Colón, Elena Acosta, in recognition of her museum career

The III Congress of Museums of the Canary Islands closed today
Friday, May 27, in the
Small Cinema Theater (Santa Cruz de La Palma) with the presentation of the conclusions of the three intense days of work between professionals from the archipelago's museums and cultural heritage.

The conferences organized by
l Government of the Canary Islands, in collaboration with the Cabildo de La Palma and the City Council of Santa Cruz de La Palmahave had representation from all the islands and have finally come to participate
230 congressmen in person and telematically. Among the sector's proposals is the strengthening of the Network of Museums of the Canary Islands to advance towards excellence through greater support from public administrations.

From the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Nona Perera announced that
"It is necessary to approve a decree for the development of everything related to museums understood as a legal framework, financially endowed and that responds to the needs noted by specialists."

Some of the priorities on which work will begin are "the movement of collections between islands, unified signage, the socialization of exhibitions and the public domain of what is common property", among other ideas.

With regard to the conclusions of the
47 communications and 9 posters that have been presented, the Scientific Committee was able to determine that the evaluation and greater cooperation is still a pending issue that should be taken up again in the next meetings. In fact, it was already agreed that the
IV Congress of Museums of the Canary Islands It will be held on the island of Fuerteventura under the theme Museums, participation and social transformation».

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Now, the main idea that was discussed in panel 1 on «Museums and Tourism», is that both spheres must be allied, focusing on the population that inhabits the places where museums are a source of wealth for the entire community, for above the people who visit them, both locals and tourists.

In panel two, dedicated to
«Museums and Education», it was concluded that educational plans are a fundamental tool for these centers, which must design, apply and evaluate their projects. Likewise, it was determined that museums must be increasingly inclusive, supportive and integrating, for all this, inter-administrative coordination is essential.

The role of technologies is unstoppable: in the face of the challenges of the metaverse, epistemic vigilance is necessary to exercise control of discourse, assess the relevance of content and address the digital divide.

Regarding the relationship «Museums and Sustainable Development», which was the focus of panel 3, their role as actors in the transformation of the territories, linking the natural and cultural heritage of the islands, was addressed. It is necessary to generate synergies between different sectors: tourism, environment, education, cultural heritage, etc.,
that can foster new paths of developmentfor example, with a new sustainable tourism model around heritage.

In the same way,
museums can act as agents for the transformation of the urban fabric and people that inhabit and pass through it. Likewise, in this work table it was also observed how museums are undertaking a digital transformation towards better accessibility of citizens to their collections.

The professionals who participated in panel 4, focused on "Museums, collections and collecting", insisted on the need to rethink the channels and formulas that help find the space in which to investigate both knowledge and value of the contents, as in the genesis and projection of the same.

In short, the challenge is to value each of the collections with the aim of creating enduring links with society.
“Every object, every image, every memory deserves a second chance”, declared at the closing ceremony.

Tribute to Elena Acosta

To end the III Congress of Museums of the Canary Islands, the Organization wanted to recognize the professional career of Elena Acosta, director of the Casa de Colón, and presented her with a sculpture by the Canarian artist Guenda Herrera made for the occasion, being one One of the most emotional moments of the meeting.

The event paid tribute to an essential professional in the museums of the Canary Islands, conservation, coordination and direction of a multitude of works,
among which the organization stands out since 1976 of the Canary-American History Colloquiums, which currently continues to coordinate and be its general secretary, as well as secretary of the scientific journal Anuario de Estudios Atlánticos

Acosta maintains a close link with the figure of Christopher Columbus and his relationship with this Archipelago, just as for more than four decades he has been responsible for

works of art and history of the Canary Islands, of editions and a wide repertoire of academic meetings, research and dissemination fundamentally on America and these Atlantic islands that mark the route to the Americas.

In his more than forty years of experience, he has given lectures and published works on cultural management, museology, history of the Canary Islands; She has been part of the jury of the Canarian Awards and the committee for the elaboration of the Government's Culture Plan, as well as the Scientific Committee of the congress since its first edition.

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