Africa-Press – Cape verde. Ana Samira Fonseca Tavares Silva Baessa is the new president of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Cape Verde. Until then, she had been performing the function of Director of the Museums of Cape Verde, also under the tutelage of the IPC, rising, now, to president. Baessa replaces Jair Fernandes, who became Inforpress’s Sole Manager.
Born in the parish of São Miguel Arcanjo, on the island of Santiago, Ana Samira Baessa graduated in Cultural Heritage Management at the Escola Superior de Educação of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (Portugal), and completed a postgraduate course in Heritage, Tourism and Development at the University of Cape Verde – UNICV.
During her professional career, she was Coordinator of the Study – Impacts of Tourism in Cidade Velha between (2009 – 2013), Curator of Cidade Velha World Heritage (2015 – 2016), Coordinator of the Management Plan of Cidade Velha, World Heritage ( 2018-2022).
In 2019, she was appointed Director of the Museums of Cape Verde under the tutelage of the IPC, where, according to the Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries, she led projects “structuring the dynamics of the national museological framework as spaces of knowledge and tourist-cultural offer”.
Among them, the new Museographic Project of the Tarrafal Concentration Camp, of the House Museum Eugénio Tavares, Ilha Brava, the creation of Casa da Morna Sodade, São Nicolau Island, of the new Museographic project of the Museum of the Sea in São Vicente, in the materialization of the Legal framework of the Museums and Museums Network of Cape Verde and the projects nearing completion for the creation of the Museum of Archeology and the Musealisation of Fort Duque de Bragança, both on the island of Boa Vista.
Baessa is also the focal point for the Margullar 2 project funded by the European Union of the MAC 2014-2020 program which co-finances interventions in the Museum of the Sea, Beach Archeology and Boa Vista and creation of the underwater archaeological park on the island of Boa Vista.
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