The NM Honor Roll: Yohana Rosales Frias
Ms. Frias is participating in the a course on Sound and Image Collections Conservation (SOIMA) in Accra, Ghana, organized by the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration (ICCROM). SOIMA exists to build a network, and to allow professionals who work on separate media types (film/video/audio) to come together and take care of sound and image collections. Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development and the ICCROM are funding her participation.
Ms. Frias will be one of 17 participants selected for SOIMA 2017, coming from 11 countries. They represent a broad range of conservation and heritage professionals in charge of sound and image collections in museums, archives, libraries, universities and other cultural institutions. Most of the course will take place at the Institute of African Studies and the Balme Library at the University of Ghana. Besides a study visit in Cape Coast Castle, the group will also go to the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI). They will also have a Field Recording Exercise within the Akuapem Community.
As museum researcher of the NM Ethnology Division, Ms. Frias has been instrumental in launching the National Museum's visual anthropology program. This includes the use of technology in documenting and storing the intangible cultural heritage of our nation. In the photo accompanying this announcement, she is shown on a pause while part of the team recording the Peñafrancia Fluvial Procession last year. She has since looked after our Film Program that also began last year, which allows us to screen feature and documentary films, chosen thematically to make our exhibitions more accessible or allow us to understand better local practices.
We wish our colleague, Ms. Frias, well and for her to make the most of being in West Africa. We look forward to learning more about its rich sound and image collections and intangible heritage.
Photo by Cyril Sabio.
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