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Costa Rica – Community Crafts and Cultures (CCC)

Short description

Community Crafts and Culture (CCC) is a collaborative community project coordinated by the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) at the University of St Andrews. Funded by the Scottish Funding Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), this project seeks to support and empower three indigenous communities identified by the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica towards a sustainable future, through a collaborative fit-for-purpose practical solution to problems identified by the communities relating their artisan production and promotion.

As a result of community consultation, the communities have stated their objectives in this research project will be to:

  1. “Strengthen food security and collective work from the principles of community museum participation and indigenous identity.”
  2. “Develop research with young people on the family origins of the community as a distinctive element of indigenous identity.”
  3. “Rescue information on traditional values to strengthen the traditional experience of the Indigenous.”

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr Karen Brown, School of Art History

Jamie Allan Brown, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Dr Althea Davies, Department of Geography & Sustainable Development

Professor Catherine O’Leary, School of Modern Languages

Ronald Martínez Villareal, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica


Dr Ana Gonzalez Rueda, School of Art History

John Large, School of Art History

Leonie Leeder, Museum and Galleries Student