The Philippines is celebrating Museums and Galleries Month (MGM) this October.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said the theme for this month's celebration is “Engaging Exhibitions for Emerging Generations.”
The NCCA explained that the goal of the celebration is to highlight the role of exhibitions in museums and galleries in "shaping the future as they engage new audiences."
"As spaces of experience, exhibitions mirror the collective interests and concerns of society while at the same time, challenging their preconceptions and ideologies. As such, museums and galleries serve as hosts for discourse and dialogue to ensure meaningful engagements with visitors," the NCCA said.
"This year, we envision seeing museums, galleries, and other organizations to join the MGM campaign by organizing activities that will highlight the issues of interpretation, exhibition design and visitor experience," it said.
The NCCA said MGM is observed every October by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 798, series of 1991.
"It underscores the importance of arousing national consciousness and pride in our rich Filipino culture and heritage embodying the aspirations of the nation, expressed in all media of art as well as historical and religious artifacts," it said.
Among the activities lined up for MGM are a series of webinars every Tuesday and Thursday throughout October.
MGM K N B?: A Museums and Galleries Month (MGM) webinar series All Tuesdays and Thursdays of October
MGM Ka Na Ba? is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Greater Manila Area Museums and Gateway Gallery. It aims to increase the interest of people in working for museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions.
These are the other activities lined up for MGM:
ARTarp Banner Exhibition October 1-31
The ARTarp banner exhibition will be held in Manila in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and Local Government of Manila through the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Arts of Manila.
The ARTarpbanners, featuring artworks from the NCCA Gallery’s past grant exhibitions and 2020 Mindanao Art, are displayed along Roxas Boulevard, Espana Avenue, Quezon Boulevard, and Quiapo.
Mindanao Art October 21-31
Mindanao Art is spearheaded by Lawig Diwa Foundation Inc., in partnership with the NCCA and Malayan Colleges of Mindanao in Davao City.
The exhibit will showcase paintings, sculptures, and other creative works by artists from Mindanao. It will run for two weeks starting October 21. There will also be a MiniArt Talks Online conference starting on October 26.
The theme of both the exhibit and the conference is "Living Art in a New Landscape" about the challenges and opportunities in the visual arts world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Call to Transform: Manila Museums Summit 2020 October 27-30 Zoom Webinar
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila and the NCCA, in collaboration with the Alliance of Greater Metro Manila Museums (AGMAM) will hold a summit to tackle how museums are adapting to the pandemic.