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Chris Concepcion elected NMI Museum board chair

THE NMI Museum of History and Culture board members have elected Chris Concepcion as their new chairman.

Under his leadership, Concepcion, who is also the managing director of the Marianas Visitors Authority,  said his goal is to see the museum generate revenue so it will not be too reliant on annual government appropriations for its operations.

Christopher Attao Concepcion

“That’s still a long way off, but with the leadership of museum executive director Danny Aquino I think we can get there,” Concepcion added.

In the meantime, he said the museum needs funding from the central government to continue progressing “until it is able to stand on its own two feet.”

Concepcion said he wants the museum to be at the front and center of CNMI tourism promotion efforts.

“I’ve always viewed the museum as an asset for us. It contains priceless historical photos and artifacts, some dating back thousands of years,” he added.

Concepcion said MVA will continue to support and promote the museum as a must-see tourist attraction.

“I will work with my colleagues on the museum board, our executive director and staff, with our elected leaders on Capital Hill and with our community members on Saipan, Tinian and Rota to promote our museum. We must also garner support from the business community which has a stake in ensuring that the museum is successful because the preservation of our history is in everyone’s best interest,” Concepcion said.

He said he wants the museum to partner with businesses and non-profit organizations in hosting monthly or quarterly fundraising events at the museum grounds. “We also want the museum to be a living museum with exhibitions that change on a periodic basis to keep things new and fresh. I foresee MVA taking on a more active role in promoting the museum.”

Besides Concepcion, the other museum board members are Parker Yobei, vice chairman; Crystal Cabrera, secretary; Sam Crawford, treasurer; Linda C. Torres; Eloy Ayuyu of Rota; and Gilbert Borja of Tinian.