The profile of CMs in Uganda is growing each passing day! UNESCO under the 2003 Convention to safeguard Intangible Cultural Heritage has awarded UCOMA a grant of USD61,000. The grant is meant to support a 24-month project whose main goal is to Strengthen the capacity of selected community museums to promote inscribed Intangible Cultural Heritage elements in Uganda.
The project is going to be carried out in four sub-regions of Uganda, the central, the east, the West Nile and the western part of Uganda with one community museum from each region concentrating on one ICH element within its vicinity as follows: The Madi Community Museum in Moyo district (Ma’di bowl lyre music and dance); Uganda Martyr’s University Nkozi Museum (Barkcloth making in Uganda); Kigulu Cultural Museum in Iganga (Bigwala, gourd trumpet music and dance); and Koogere Foundation Museum in Fort Portal (Koogere oral tradition of the Basongora, Banyabindi and Batooro peoples).
The proposed interventions include among others: building the capacities of community museum managers and selected representatives of ICH bearer communities through training to equip them with sufficient information they can share through museum spaces; producing a film and publication for the five elements to enhance their visibility at the national level; encouraging youth participation through outreach activities such as exhibitions and heritage competitions; and strengthening the network of the five community museums to share experiences and lessons related to outreach activities.