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Belize Host AGM for Museum Association of the Caribbean Print E-mail
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Written by Shane d. Williams   
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Museum forumCurators from across the region are in Belize for the 24th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Museum Association of the Caribbean and according to them it is a challenge across the region to get locals to enter the doors of cultural and historical museums.  Sherilyn Jones, Director of the Museum of Belize and Houses of Culture, says one of the main subjects of discussion during the conference will be how to remain or become relevant in the local community.

The theme for this year’s AGM is “Pooling Our Resources: Collaborations, Connections and Partnerships”. The pooling of resources is important for the sector. Participants from across the region identified financial constraints as the main challenge to the museum sector in their country. Jones, who is very passionate about national and regional history, says she believes that “by working together and sharing information and resources with other members of the association we can do a much better job of highlighting our culture and heritage”. 

Belize joined the Museum Association of the Caribbean only two years ago. However, Jones is already receiving high praises from other members for her efforts to strengthen the organization. Cyril Saltibus, President of the Association, says, “Jones has been the lifeblood of the association over the past year.” Because of that, he will be vying for her to be the new President of the Museum Association of the Caribbean when elections take place at the end of the AGM.

While Jones is honoured by the praises, she maintains that her immediate focus is on developing strategies to “get more Belizeans inside the Museum of Belize”. The Museum’s school outreach program has been effective. Jones says, “We have a great relationship with our schools and as a result we hosts numerous class visits every year.” The new goal is to “make the exhibits more interactive and excited enough for people to want to come”. The Museum of Belize is now open on Saturdays as well and the entrance fee is free to all Belizeans.        

The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Museum Association of the Caribbean ended on Thursday, October 31st.