Title of project:
Worskhops and Conference on collection, preservation of the culture, art, science and history of AIDS in Africa and standardization of programs of the Museum of AIDS in Africa.
Short-term objectives of the project:
1. Creation of a platform where Archiving and Culture will be discussed as part of HIV/AIDS in Africa
2. Cultural exchange in the arts and history of AIDS in Africa
3. Open and conducive environment to deal with culture, arts, history and science of AIDS in Africa
4. Sharing and learning each country’s cultural response to AIDS, and if they can be adapted to the policy
5. Collating information from each country to start formulating a common policy on collection and preserving the art, culture, history and science of AIDS in Africa and standardization of programs
6. Formulation of a policy and processes for the collection and preservation of the history of AIDS in Africa.
7. Conducting a conference with all the participants conference to develop an archive on the history of the response to AIDS in Africa
8. Establishment of a body represented by the four country participants to compile the policy, processes and systems.
9. Adoption of the policy
4.2 Brief summary of the project:
Museums are trusted places where communities, societies and countries preserve, in public trust, the objects, documents, photos and stories they deem to be of value. Museum buildings are designed in such a way as to be iconic landmarks within their environment as a way of honouring what is in inside. They are spaces to meet people, gather communities and strengthen relationships. They impart knowledge and stimulate learning; they can provoke wonder, pride, inspiration and curiosity. Museums are places to help us remember.
The Museum of AIDS in Africa is all these things and more. It is not a passive repository but a network of public active Healing and Learning spaces where people can come together, to heal, to be empowered, to learn, to be inspired.
Working with Archival Platform of South Africa, we intend bringing our partners in the AIDS creative arts and programming to discuss and craft
standard policy, practice and procedures in collection and preserving culture, art, science and history of AIDS in Africa and standardization of the MAA programs.
We will have a series of four workshops hosting partners in the four Southern African countries namely South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. Later we will have a conference in one venue with all four representatives of organizations. The conference will assemble the discussion of the four workshops to form policy and standard guidelines/toolkit for the work of MAA and partners in relations to collection, preservation and program.
MAA will do this with the participation of all its partners and their subsidiaries in each country. We will also invite the expertise of our partners in cultural resources, Archives, Virologist/Science, science and cultural communication/ and academics.
Long-term objectives of the project:
1. A standard policy, systems and process of collection and archiving.
2. Guidelines/Toolkit for all MAA healing and learning programs
2. Application/Implementation of the policy
3. Development of the capacity to present research through art
Full Name of the representative of the applicant as Signature:
4.3 Local context and complementarity of the project with other regional, national and local policies/ measures/ programmes/ projects:
Challenges of African countries are not the same, the policies and programs to reverse challenges depend on different contexts. MAA seek to standardize approach of our interventions.
1.Death and inactivity of the African creative minds
Millions of deaths and sickness as a result of HIV/AIDS caused the preservation, appreciation and celebration of African arts and cultural knowledge to be halted as a priority by many governments. Even today, the bulk of the response to AIDS focused on prevention, treatment and care.
The average person has very little idea of how the disease originated, or how it grew from an isolated incident of zoonosis to a pandemic in the course of 60 years. Few have had the opportunity to be inspired by the remarkable Keiskamma Altarpiece or Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s the Crust of the Earth, the photographs of Gideon Mendel or the body mapping project which has crossed borders from South Africa into the world.
Few have an understanding of how Africans have studied, researched, responded, experienced and have been active agents in the response to HIV in Africa.
2.Lack of social cohesion
Apartheid and colonialization managed to integrate issues of culture and economic status in grading social groups. Without the knowledge of a shared experience, a shared response, a history and science people can access and comprehend, too many feel isolated, alone and defeated. A focus only on the personal, the local and the now.
Understanding culture, arts history, science of AIDS in Africa turns victims into thinkers, researchers, innovators, artists, and story-tellers.
MAA is not a local initiative, we are developing the first African museum ‘franchise’ – a network of Healing and Learning Spaces, ‘mini museums’ throughout the continent united by a common brand, physical structures and standard policies to create a powerful African network.
Through accessible language and advancement of technology we will bring knowledge that will promote engagement on culture, history, art and science of AIDS in Africa
It robs the community enthusiasm towards promoting and protecting their culture and heritage, leading to hopelessness and apathy to feeling defeated. It leads to isolation and self loathing. The affected lose artistic appetite, Maslow hierarchy of needs apply. Through our projects, poverty will be transformed into economic opportunities.
Wars displace communities. Making them leave their heritage and culture behind.
Working with Archival Platform, we seek to find ways that will translate into common policies, procedures and systems for all our partners for collection and preserving information that is in other countries vaults about the arts, heritage, science and history of HIV/AIDS i Africa.
In the last two years we have introduced and expanded a program called Healing Through Memory Objects (HTMO) to deal with grief caused by loss through HIV and AIDS. Through working with our partners in South Africa and Kenya, we have developed a HTMO toolkit. HTMO kit is an artistic program where the affected uses the objects of the deceased to remember and honour them at same time opening themselves to healing.
Museum therapy also recognized as a therapeutic and advocacy tool therapy for people requiring psychosocial or mental health support.
We aim to use the Digital Hub to promote not just technology, but to increase knowledge sharing and exchange in different countries. We believe to bridge the social cohesion gap we need to promote knowledge through learning by cultural exchange.Knowledge leads to Empowerment, Understanding leads to Innovation and Perspective leads to Resilience.
We are harnessing the power of technology to connect our people through a Digital Hub- enabling the sharing of knowledge and experience like never before and creating a powerful pan-African network to promote social cohesion on AIDS.
3.The Virtual Memorial and pop-up exhibition:
We use virtual Memorial in commemorating people who have died from AIDS and sharing ways of managing grief. We are spreading this program to our partners to help their community to honour those that died whether in war, xenophobic attacks, poverty or HIV/AIDS.
Each of the Museum’s Learning, Remembering and Healing Spaces (LRHS) includes a framework for exhibitions that are curated centrally and at a local level. Local curators can draw on centralized resources – museum collections, graphics, works of art – to create exhibitions that will be most powerful, meaningful and useful to their local visitors.
Exhibitions will also be created from the story objects, memories and creativity of participants and partners in the communities where each of our spaces is located. In each space, exhibitions are to reflect both local stories and a panAfrican and global story.
Museum will also curate temporary exhibitions to travel among the LRHSs. These exhibitions will draw from multiple disciplines: political history, social history, personal narrative and more, interpreted through photography, art, multi-media and the written word, and supported by the Museum’s collections. They will feature the perspectives of historians, curators, scientists, artists, community workers and people living with HIV/AIDS.
4.Learning Programs- Bioscience Maker Lab
The project is to develop a scalable bio-maker scientist 'kit' and program that will engage teenagers affected by HIV/AIDS in basic virology, immunology, and molecular biology research.
Promotion of gender equality:
Women are the most vulnerable group in our society, as such they are the most affected by the AIDS pandemic and all associated cultural, social, economic and physical ills. In all history of mankind from ancient to modern times, women have been the bearer of infliction and pain, yet they have almost always conquered through their resilience and inner strength.
Mothers and grandmothers are the custodian of culture and practice in Africa. It is expectant upon them to transfer these culture through art, language, story telling and memorialization
In Africa and the world over, whether it is through devastation caused by war or AIDS. Women become the torch bearers of hope and future that carry their families through.
It is based on this reason that standardization and uniformity of the healing and learning programs through policy and set of guidelines will benefit women. They will be encouraged to learn about the origins of the disease and how they can be the advocates of their own healing and learning whether affected or infected.
Knowledge through our cultural or scientific programs will give them confidence and choice in their lives.
The creation of platform and conducive environment for sharing and learning will promote heritage, science, arts and cultural exchange that will help them engage at a level man engage in.
The project contribute to youth development. All our programs including the Digital Hub, Bioscience Maker Lab and Cultural Memerialization are going to be standardized through policies, toolkits and guides. This will mean in the countries that we are starting the projects in, the youth will be equally empowered to engage with the cultural, arts, science and history of AIDS in the same manner.
They will take advantage of equal opportunities brought about by the advancement of technology and design in learning. They will share and exchange knowledge at the same level.
We believe that with the standardization of knowledge and placing knowledge and learning to be accessible through the language and the arts, young people be encouraged to learn more. Not just about culture, art, science and history of HIV/AIDS, but their own culture, art, science and history thereby creating a generation that is curious and willing to learn.
Participation of various social groups in the areas of intervention of the IFCD:
Place of establishment of entity/organization:
The project is targeting the indigenous and underprivileged people of the identified countries that are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Main mission of applicant:
The Museum of AIDS in Africa is a pan-African museum and not-for profit institution registered in South Africa. Its mission is to be the world’s premiere public institution to collect, preserve, remember, interpret, share and exhibit the history of the origins, spread, and impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as the past and present experiences of AIDS in Africa. It operates on three pillars: memorialization, preservation and education. We want to ensure that the people we have lost, the things we have experienced and learned in relation to every aspect of AIDS on the continent do not go forgotten or remain hidden in private files, or corporate or international NGO headquarters far from the people who have lived and continue to live it.
Main activities of applicant:
Once fully capacitated, MAA will include exhibits, an archive, a collection, a memorial and memory bank and public programs that recognize, remember and honor the millions of individuals who have died from or been affected by HIV/AIDS. Through collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts, AV and digital material, documents and oral histories relating to the African pandemic, the Museum seeks to learn from and pay tribute to those who have battled AIDS across the continent.
Basically our activities include;
1. Collection, preservation and memorialization
2. Learning and Healing Programs
3. Public Education and Dialogue
MAA operates on three pillars: memorialization, preservation and education.
Through arts, culture, science and history our programmes aim to transform large-scale grief, fear and powerlessness (resulting from the AIDS epidemic) into resilience and innovation through memory work, knowledge-sharing and skills development. Our programs are supported by smart technology and innovative design.
What measures/steps will you put in place to ensure that your project long-term objectives can be met? :
1.Maintaining and expanding the countries and the implementing partners
2.Making sure that all implementing partners comply with the policies and guidelines/toolkit
3.Constant monitoring of results and flexibility to change
What measures/steps will you take to follow up with the beneficiaries of the project after its completion?:
The project will be ongoing as long as the Museum of AIDS in Africa exist because it is the guide of how to implement all its programs. However, We:
1. Will on a weekly basis contact all the implementing partners to follow up on progress and developments.
2. Require bi annual reports from partner to monitor progress
3. Webinar or Skype conference with partners to exchange views and new interventions to assess whether change or improvements are necessary.
Our Organisation has an Accountant that is responsible for handling payments, accounting records and monthly accounting of our transactions.
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Outcome 1: A policy environment that promotes the diversity of cultural expressions is created through targeting structural change. :
[x] Cross-sectoral cooperation in policy making and implementation demonstrated;
[x] The role of civil society in policy making and implementation strengthened;
[x] Processes and mechanisms of policy implementation and review strengthened.
Outcome 2: The value and opportunities that the cultural and creative industries offer in the achievement of sustainable development are clearly demonstrated.:
[ ] Innovation and new business models applied to cultural entrepreneurship;
[ ] Access to local, national or international markets for cultural goods improved;
[ ] Participation and collaboration in cultural and creative industries widened to previously excluded individuals and social groups.
Outcome 3: Contributions are made to sustainable capacity development in the cultural sector at institutional, organisational and individual levels.:
[x] National and international networks and communities of practice facilitated, with a focus on North-South-South cooperation;
[ ] Capacity development needs relating to cultural value chain assessed and mapped;
[ ] Capacity development needs relating to cultural value chain addressed at appropriate levels.
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Outcome 1: A policy environment that promotes the diversity of cultural expressions is created through targeting structural change.:
[ ] Expected Result 1.1 Cross-sectoral cooperation in policy making and implementation demonstrated;
[ ] ER 1.2 The role of civil society in policy making and implementation strengthened;
[ ] ER 1.3 Processes and mechanisms of policy implementation and review strengthened.
Outcome 2: The value and opportunities that the cultural and creative industries offer in the achievement of sustainable development are clearly demonstrated.:
[ ] ER 2.1 Innovation and new business models applied to cultural entrepreneurship;
[ ] ER 2.2 Access to local, national or international markets for cultural goods improved;
[ ] ER 2.3 Participation and collaboration in cultural and creative industries widened to previously excluded individuals and social groups.
Outcome 3: Contributions are made to sustainable capacity development in the cultural sector at institutional, organizational and individual levels.:
[ ] ER 3.1 National and international networks and communities of practice facilitated, with a focus on North-South-South cooperation;
[ ] ER 3.2 Capacity development needs relating to cultural value chain assessed and mapped;
[ ] ER 3.3 Capacity development needs relating to cultural value chain addressed at appropriate levels.