About the project
Community Crafts and Culture is a collaborative community project coordinated by the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) at the University of St Andrews. This SFC GCRF project sought to support and empower three indigenous communities identified by the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica towards a sustainable future, through a collaborative fit-for-purpose practical solution to problems identified by the communities relating their artisan production and promotion.
November 2020 Update Indigenous Community ‘Rey Curré’ hit by flooding
The Costa Rican indigenous community involved in the SFC GCRF funded research; ‘Rey Curré’ has been hit by flooding. Although it is too early to tell the extent of the damage, combined with the current COVID-19 health and economic situation in addition to climate change, this will emphasise the urgency in supporting the communities involved to build resilience and increase their capacities.
The project wishes to express its solidarity from the University of St Andrews. We take this moment to reflect on the role of community-based museums play within supporting communities that are in crisis. Researchers will continue to demonstrate through our research and collective action how through relationships with local leaders, we can work together to overcome difficulties and strengthen resilience.
The University of St Andrews in Scotland: Coordinator Dr Karen Brown and Researcher Jamie Allan Brown; the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica and the Red de Museos Comunitarios de Costa Rica: Ronald Martínez Villarreal; students from the University of Costa Rica: Tatiana Muñoz Brenes and Alejandro Soto; International Council of Museums (ICOM) Costa Rica: President Lauran Bonilla-Merchav, and ICOM Regional Alliance for Latin America and the Caribbean President, Samuel Franco Arce.