2006 General Category Winner
Museo Mapuche de Canete
The Citizenship and Local Management Program in Chile
The Citizenship and Local Management Program in Chile
Since 2001, the Museo Mapuche de Cañete has been attempting to improve community relations and to promote participation of local residents in the management of the museum. By emphasizing active participation of citizens in the museum's organization, the museum has encouraged a sense of ownership and responsibility among diverse social actors for the museum itself and for Mapuche culture more generally.
This participative museum organization has generated a model for citizen participation in cultural activities that has great potential for replication in other educational and cultural projects. By encouraging cultural ownership of the heritage of the Mapuche region, museum organizers have also emphasized local pride and community development as an innovative part of the museum's goals.