Totma hosted a placement for cultural designers. Activists from Tatarstan, Khabarovsk Krai and Irkutsk, Saratov, Arkhangelsk and Kaluzhskaya Oblasts arrived at Totma for a four-day placement entitled “Project activities as a growth tool for Russian provinces”.
The placement was organized by the Totma Museum Association in partnership with the administration of Totma District and the Sol Zemli [Salt of the Earth] non-government initiative promotion fund. This is now the third time that Totma has hosted such an event thanks to sponsorship from the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko as part of the Cultural Internship placement programme.
Seven placees visited the town’s museums, the EntreSol creative space, the district council of veterans, reviewed the best practices of municipal establishments and NGOs, as well as driving out to the village of Nikolskoye, where they talked to the governor and figures from the worlds of culture and education and the not-for-profit sector.
“Totma wonder — this is one way of describing what we saw in this town in Vologda Oblast. With its population of 9.8 thousand, Totma has become a centre of gravity, formed a growth team; the museum has emerged not only as the town’s key institution but also a major methodological centre for museum development (it is no coincidence that it became an Intermuseum winner in 2019, having left behind major metropolitan museums in its category),” said placee Aleksey Naumov (Khvalynsk, Saratov Oblast).
Among the projects whose development was discussed in the course of the placement are Fragments of Time, Blurring the Boundaries, Field Star of Nikolai Rubtsov: Living Lessons at Tolshma, Golden Years Mine, Salt Yard, Kuskov Embankment Revamp and others.