Prestigious Award from European Council:

Baksi "Museum of the Year"

Baksı Museum wins "Year of the Museum Award" for 2014, given by European Council Parliamentary Assembly. After the voting of European Council Parliamentary Assembly, Commission of Culture, which is realized on 3rd of December in Paris, Baksi Museum wins the most prestigious museum award. Museum will exhibit Joan Miro's bronze statuette, the symbol of the competition, for 1 year in Bayburt.

According to Museum Prize rapporteur Vesna Marjanovic: "This museum, its governance and the activities associated with it, provide a very inspiring model of how the principles of the Council of Europe Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society can be adopted to fit locally."

EMYA, established in 1977 with the support of Council of Europe, aims to reward the success of the European museums and to support the creative models. In recent years, many important museums such as Museum of Liverpool (England), Guggenheim Bilbao Museum (Spain), Salzburg Museum (Austria) and National Museum of Denmark (Denmark) are rewarded in the competition. 47 member country of European Council keeps the right of applying to the competition each year.

Baksı Museum to Take Part in The Berlin Fair

Items of ehram and kilim weaving from the workshops of the Baksı Museum will appear from 9-13 November 2011 at the Importshop Berlin Fair to be held in Germany. Organized annually by Messe Berlin, the fair brings small scale handicraft and gift item manufacturers to potential buyers. The Importshop Fair attracts multitudes of visitors from all over the world, and although it does not address itself to large scale wholesale purchases, it offers long term agreements and retail sales opportunities.

The Baksı stand will feature local kilims and ehrams woven by women of Bayburt in the museum's workshops. Thus for the first time Bayburt's young women will have the chance to sell the work of their hands in an international market.

A contribution to both culture and employment

The Baksı Culture and Art Foundation textile projects not only convert the cultural heritage into an element of economic added value while handing it down to future generations, but at the same time, because they can participate in production from their homes, they support the employment of women.

This year a project entitled "Weaving The Future On A Loom" was included in DPT's Social Support Program, and with it the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation is giving a professionally educational course in weaving to the women of the region. With this in mind, 10 ehram looms were purchased for the museum workshop, and plans made for 20 students to receive theoretical and applied instruction 5 hours a day for 5 months, making for a total of 550 hours. The project is not limited to educational courses alone, for at the same time there will be class hours devoted to the teaching of entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, some of the students will be given capital in kind so that they can begin manufacturing in home type workshops.

Another highly important element of the project is the treatment of the ehram tradition in line with the needs and expectations of the present day. On the one hand enriching this local textile with a contemporary approach to design, the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation will on the other hand perform a facilitator's function by providing special support in marketing the ehram.

Meanwhile "Anatolia In The Loom's Warp", which embraces the weaving of kilims, is quite a comprehensive project. Under the aegis of DPT, it benefits from the program of financial support for non-profit organizations, a program run by the Northeastern Anatolia Development Agency. This project is being carried out by the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation in collaboration with Okan University, and the goal is to extend the project's area of activity from Bayburt to nearby cities as well as to Erzurum and Erzincan.

The "Anatolia In The Loom's Warp" project comprises four main headings. The first, with the consultancy of a Scientific Board, involves an inventory of kilim textiles in the villages attached to Bayburt, Erzurum and Erzincan. The other targets of the project are employment-oriented education, promotion and market creation in kilim weaving on 15 looms.

Symposium Related to The Kilims of Erzurum, Bayburt and Erzincan

In the context of the "Anatolia In The Loom's Warp" project being carried out by the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation, a symposium was held from 1-3 June 2011 at the Baksı Museum. Supported by the Northeastern Anatolia Development Agency and realized in collaboration with Okan University, the project aims to revive the tradition of kilim weaving in villages attached to Bayburt, Erzurum and Erzincan, and to do this in line with the conditions obtaining today. The "Erzurum, Bayburt and Erzincan Kilims Symposium" had the goal of providing for new approaches, and to this end brought up for discussion many topics, from ensuring a variety of motifs to preservation, documentation, dying techniques, employment and marketing. Papers were read by faculty members from the Mimar Sinan, Marmara, Akdeniz, Dokuz Eylül, Yüzüncü Yıl, Atatürk, Sakarya and Okan Universities.