CREATING EXPERIENCES IN SPACES: MOUNTING EXHIBITIONS TO SPARK AND STOKE INTEREST IN THE VISUAL, AUDITORY, AND PRINT STORY OF THE FILIPINO
Marianne G. Bugnosen
Filipinas Heritage Library Email address: bug[email protected]alafoundation.org Abstract
This paper uses Filipinas Heritage Library’s (FHL) exhibitions as a case study to show that mounting exhibitions can be an effective strategy in creating literate, informed, and participative societies.
Established in 1996, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is the other half of Ayala Foundation’s Arts and Culture Division. The library’s collection includes over 13,000 volumes of contemporary materials (print and non-print), 5,000 digitized Filipino songs from 1900’s to 1990’s, 35,000 digitized images, and around 2,000 rare titles. Aside from its library, FHL conducts different public activities including mounting exhibitions.
FHL mounts, at most, three exhibitions annually with themes on Philippine art, culture, and history. The library’s location at the Ayala Museum in Makati City gives it an advantage to promote the library and its collection to both local and foreign audiences. On average, FHL’s exhibitions get 1,527 visitors per week.
Mounting exhibitions provides opportunity for FHL to collaborate with different individuals and/or institutions who bring their knowledge, experience, and expertise into the development of the exhibition’s concept and design. Aside from having interactive components to engage its audiences, the exhibitions are supported by other collateral activities such as lectures, workshops, talks, forums, film screenings, concerts, etc. that provide visitors an environment where they could participate in the discussion of the topic presented in the exhibition. As a result of these connected actions and activities, the exhibitions provide dynamic experiences geared toward FHL’s mission to spark and stoke interest in the visual, aural, and printed story of the Filipino.
Keywords: exhibitions; collaborations; libraries; connected actions