On December 1, on the first day of the Business venue of the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum several major agreements on cooperation between the Russian Museum and its partners were signed in the Marble Hall of the Russian Museum of Ethnography. The director of the museum Vladimir Gusev, provost of Saint Petersburg University Elena Chernova, minister of culture of the Republic of Khakassia Svetlana Okolnikova, minister of culture of Krasnoyarsk Krai Elena Mironenko and the director of the College of Arts of the Coimbra University (Portugal) Antonio Olaio took part in the event.
“The advantage of the forum is that it gives an opportunity to meet. A forum is a venue for setting objectives and solving existing problems. I am certain that the agreements we signed are the foundation of future effective strategic development”, - said the Director of the Russian Museum Vladimir Gusev.
The series of agreements opened with an agreement on cooperation between the Russian Museum and Saint Petersburg State University, which entail organization of students’ professional training in museums, participation in conferences and seminars, organizing student volunteering in museums. 6 agreements on long-term cooperation between the Russian Museum and universities in the country have been signed since 2014.
An agreement on cultural cooperation was concluded with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Khakassia. The Russian Museum has been providing consultations and methodic support for museums of the country for a long time and intends to develop cooperation between the most distant regions of Russia, providing access to cultural treasures and information. Special attention should be paid to the “Russian Museum: virtual branch” project, which entails opening a series of educational and information centers in cultural establishments of the Republic of Khakassia.
Similar centers will be opened in Krasnoyarsk region. An agreement between the Ministry of Culture of Krasnoyarsk Oblast entails creating a single cultural information space in the Surikov Art Museum in Krasnoyarsk.
The “Russian Museum: vertical branch” projects is a truly international initiative. Today information educational centers operate in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Finland, China, Chile and Cuba. Two virtual branches of the Russian Museum have been opened at Russian polar stations – “Novolazarevskaya” and “Bellingshauzen” in Antarctica. Also an agreement on cooperation between the Russian Museum and the Portugal university has been signed at the Business venue of the V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The Open information educational centre of Coimbra University will become the 42nd brand abroad and the 190th overall of the “Russian Museum: virtual branch” project.