Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds In our daily lives, you’re surrounded by objects tied to all sorts of memories. The items collected by a certain group —their “community collection” —are rich in stories with deep roots in that community’s history, values, and sensibilities.
Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds There are a variety of communities: Local regions, schools, workplaces, families… What sort of collections have been built up in your communities?
Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds Hello everyone. I am Yu Homma. And I am Yohko Watanabe. We’re in a new university museum, the Keio Museum Commons just opened in 2021. Here you can find a variety of objects collected by different communities, in the course of long history of the oldest university in Japan. We live in a rapidly changing society. It is not easy to pause and reflect on the values and principles that anchor us. However, the overlapping timelines and variety within community collections can help us navigate through these changes. On the other hand, it requires effort and invention for collections to reconnect and continue to remain relevant to the current activities of the community.
Skip to 1 minute and 38 seconds We propose the concept of “sharing” as a key to engage with the community collection. In this course, drawing inspiration from the case of the Keio Museum Commons, we will showcase a range of activities centered around the collection such as exhibitions and learning programmes. We will present your efforts to create an akichi — that is an open and creative space for sharing. This course will NOT be a platform for delivering established methods and results. Instead, you will actively engage in participatory activities such as discussions and virtual visits to museums and collections. Our aim is to create a vibrant community where you can share current issues, practices, challenges, and ongoing efforts in this field with friends and colleagues worldwide.
Skip to 2 minutes and 36 seconds Let’s come together and embark on this exciting adventure together!