Concept

Culture Guides

for Active Ageing

Summary of project concept

A Nordplus Adult Project entitled "Culture guides for Active Ageing", Aug 2013 - July 2015

 

The Nordic/Baltic countries have as a main cultural policy goal to promote art and culture to the entire population, but are confronted with the recurring problem of large residual groups of non-users, especially among social marginalised and seniors.

The most appropriate way to meet this problem is by “citizen help citizen”. Therefore the partnership, including four organisations for voluntary arts and culture, intent to provide new “culture guide services”, where volunteers can act as guides by introducing and helping marginalised social seniors to participate in local art and culture activities.

The project deliver:

  1. Improved organisational capacity of voluntary arts and culture associations to facilitate the culture guide services
  2. Innovative curricula and training course modules for culture guide volunteers.
  3. New knowledge, methods and practises from pilot work providing varying culture offerings to mar-ginalised seniors
  4. A Nordic/Baltic handbook presenting the know-how, methodologies, and Best Practise of culture guide services
  5. A sustainable valorisation of the results, including concluding national conferences, and initiating of a Nordic/Baltic network for facilitators and volunteers engaged in culture guide services,

Envisaged impact:

  • The new services will be incorporated to some degree in the ordinary activities of the Nordic/ Baltic sector of voluntary arts and culture associations.
  • The concept will be known and gain political, ideological or financial support from main stake-holders.
  • The offerings will help parts of the social marginalised seniors (and others) to a transformative learning change, where they feel lesser excluded, gain more self-esteem, experience personal development and improve their quality of life.

This development project has been supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers' funding program for lifelong learning, Nordplus Adult, administered by the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation (UI).

 

The partnership

 

The partnership circle cionsits of four Nordic-Baltic organisations from the area of liberal adult education and voluntary arts.

 

The Danish National Association of Adult Education in Art and Culture (MOF-DK)

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Rite Folk High School from Latvia

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Tartu Folk High School from Estonia

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Estate Academy of Museum Rumsiskes from Lithuania

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