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Raising awareness about European cultural heritage – A new platform for digital stories

Projects title: „We are all together to raise awareness of cultural heritage“ (WAAT, 2020LT01_KA204-077823).

Budget: 173020,00 EUR

Duration: 01.12.2020 – 31.05.2022

Project coordinator: Plungė Public Library

Plungė‘s Public Library is happy to announce the new Project in Erasmus+ Strategic partnership for adult education „We are all together to raise awareness of cultural heritage“ (WAAT, 2020-LT01_KA204-077823). From December 2020, WAAT project brings together six organizations with professionals working in culture, heritage management, adult education, and research institutions to develop a new learning system and digital movies. We will work together as a lead organization with Quiosq (Netherlands), ICARUS HRVATSKA (Croatia), EGInA SRL (Italy), The Multidisciplinary European Research Institute Graz (Austria), and Centro de Educación de Adultos de Olmedo (Spain).

WAAT is a project aimed at adult educators and seeks to promote both the exchange of good practices and the development of new material to teach adult students about values of cultural heritage across different European countries.

The project involves the development of digital platforms, the creation of film media, and identifying aspects of heritage in other creative ways. These efforts are to be focused on specific target groups, but the final result will be beneficial for more groups, since our output, including the digital platforms, will be freely accessible to everyone.

With this partnership project, we want to motivate adult educators to engage in shared history and innovation for the benefit of a better, more responsible way of dealing with the past and, ultimately, with each other.

Project coordinator, Plungė‘s Public Library‘s, manager of cultural activities, Gintarė Gurevičiūtė -Gailė


Research on Creative, Innovative and Sustainable Practices to get adults back in contact with heritage.

Project title: Research on Creative, Innovative and Sustainable Practices to get adults back in contact with heritage (CRISP), Strategic partnership KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. KA227 - Partnerships for Creativity (Adult education).

Budget: 69480,00 EUR

Duration: 01.03.2021 – 28.02.2022

Project coordinator: Quiosq, The Netherlands

Project Partners: Vismednet, Malta; InHolland University, The Netherlands; Greek Cultural Institute, Greece; Plungė Public Library, Lithuania.

Due to the corona crisis, almost all cultural heritage institutions have seen a huge decline in their visitors. This concerns museums as well as galleries, archives as libraries. This decline relates to all types of visitors and users but especially to adults. In many cases, it is 50% or more. Even after letting go of the rules, the audience does not return immediately and the expectations for the future are not very hopeful. The institutions are doing their best to remain in the public's attention in other ways, with more or less success. The question is whether this will be done in a sustainable manner and whether certain population groups are not excluded.

CRISP extensively researches online accessibility initiatives in the cultural heritage sector focussing on good practices. This research takes place completely online, but we will have interviews with those responsible, with users and visionaries in the industry and politics. Also, an extensive survey among users and non-users will be carried out. Purpose: to investigate what works and what doesn't. We look at good practices but also at developments that did not work well. We will especially look at adults facing difficulties in an economic, social, or health way but look at the impact on all other sectors. In four training activities, we will discuss the outcome of our investigations and prepare conclusions.

Project's manager, Plungė‘s Public Library‘s, manager of cultural activities, Gintarė Gurevičiūtė -Gailė

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HE.CO – Heritage valorization from small local communities

Project title: HE.CO – Heritage valorization for small local communities, Nr. 2018-1-IT02-KA204-048199, Erasmus +, Strategic partnership

Budget: 97000,00 EUR

Duration: 01.01.2018 – 30.06.2021

Project coordinator: ANCI LAZIO, Italy

Project partners: Plungė Public Library, Lithuania; CIAPE, Italy; Reinwardt Academie, Netherlands; VisMedNet, Malta; GEOSS, Slovenia

In many European countries, art and culture are subsidized by the government; however, due to the crisis and budget cuts, the amount of funds for direct subsidies is decreasing; some cultural heritage organizations and museums do not have enough funds to sustain themselves. Putting entrepreneurial skills into practice – for example by network building, fundraising, creating new ways to involve the public – is becoming increasingly important as a way to stay healthy.

There is a distinct need of obtaining more cultural entrepreneurship skills in the sector and putting them into practice. Although training courses aimed at the heritage and museum sectors exist in most EU member states, their availability, take-up and accreditation are not widely spread. This project aims at giving cultural heritage organizations and museums possibilities to acquire competencies and tools in the field of cultural entrepreneurship.

The specific objectives are the following:

– to define the cultural entrepreneurship concept, contributing to its mutual understanding and recognition;

– to research the topic of cultural entrepreneurship in the Member States and in the European context, and build a long-lasting strategic partnership among key education and sector organizations around a common research agenda;

– to contribute to the ‘cultural entrepreneur’ curriculum by agreeing on the specific elements/skills necessary and effective ways to obtain these skills; using innovative techniques within currently established fields;

– to develop a cultural entrepreneurship VET training course pilot specifically aimed at staff of smaller museums and cultural heritage organizations, experiment with it in the field;

– to exploit the training course and the project results within the partner organizations, but also Europe-wide by means of the creation of a cultural entrepreneurship online platform and community that will live on after the project.

Project's manager, Plungė‘s Public Library‘s, manager of cultural activities, Gintarė Gurevičiūtė -Gailė