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For #MuseumWeek2020, National Museum crowdsources art, culture stories amid the pandemic

For #MuseumWeek2020, National Museum crowdsources art, culture stories amid the pandemic


On Mar. 26, the Getty Museum put up an internet challenge where people at home recreate scenes from art with objects and people they have at their disposal. Art aficionados were quick to think of ingenious ways to channel their creativity while in quarantine. Funny and witty depictions of portraits and still lifes can now be found online under the hashtag #gettymuseumchallenge.

The National Museum is taking on a similar crowdsourced initiative right in time for Museum Week, which falls on the week of May 11-17 this year called “My Museum Story,” where anyone could send in their stories and accompanying photos on three themes: culture in quarantine, museum moments and dreams.

“For the upcoming #MuseumWeek2020, we would like to invite you to be our partners in creating content for our posts. For 7 days, 7 themes with 7 hashtags will be featured. This year’s theme is ‘Togetherness.’ With the global health crisis brought about by coronavirus, the encompassing theme of being together is more relevant than ever,” read the National Museum’s post.

To join, just choose a theme from the options then create content with story and photo based on it. As per the rules, the write-up should be in English and not more than 300 words accompanied by your own image or other visual. Minor image manipulation is allowed. And above all, entries should promote positivity and inspiration in culture, heritage and museums. When sending to [email protected], include hashtags #NationalMuseumPh, #MuseumWeek2020 and #MyMuseumStory.

Selected entries will be posted on the National Museum’s social media pages.

Museum Week is an annual observance around the world for cultural institutions on social media. Since its founding in 2014, the worldwide festival has grown to include over 60,000 participants from 100+ countries.

This year, in solidarity with the global efforts against COVID-19, the initiative has set up a week-long celebration around this year’s theme, “Togetherness.” 

“We want to highlight the power of culture, art and the institutions that support them and their unique ability to bring us together,” read Museum Week’s statement on their website.



Header photo courtesy of National Museum Facebook page

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Writer: CHRISTIAN SAN JOSE © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.


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