Creative Europe funding for the European Year of Cultural Heritage granted to the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland’s Heritage Hubs project

The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland has been granted funding for a cultural heritage education development project as part of the Creative Europe funding programme, the main EU programme supporting cultural and creative sectors. In 2018, the Creative Europe programme is allocating a total of EUR 5 million of funding to 29 European cooperation projects related to the ongoing European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.​

“We are happy and excited for the opportunity to helm this project in collaboration with our Finnish, Serbian, Spanish and Italian partners and bring together young people from different countries. We are sure to find both differences and similarities between our cultural heritage during the project, and through interaction and dialogue we will be building bridges between the past and the present, between south and north and east and west,” states Executive Director Ira Vihreälehto from the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland.

The project partners are the Centre for Urban Development from Serbia, La Fundación San Millán de la Gogolla from Spain and Viteco from Italy. The project is scheduled to begin in summer 2018 and end in spring 2020.

The project involves exploring, recognising and presenting as well as interpreting and reinterpreting both local and less familiar cultural heritage. The 11–15-year-old young people participating in the project will each choose a form of cultural heritage that they find personally important and meaningful and that they would like to digitally present to and share with young people from the other partner countries. In addition to this, each participant will also choose a presentation made by someone else that they find interesting and prepare their own interpretation of it, which they will then present to visiting schoolchildren from Europe. The project’s cooperation network, consisting of both education and cultural heritage actors operating in the partner countries, promotes familiarity between sectors and professionals as well as cooperation for the development of cultural heritage education.

The experiences and results of the project will be made freely available to everyone both during and after the project. The aim is to develop methods and tools for cultural heritage education so as to better support the competence development and participation of young people in regard to cultural heritage as well as active participation in society and culture.

The call for proposals organised in autumn 2017 for European projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 was a unique event. The project applications collaboratively submitted by the actors and sectors of different EU member states served to comprehensively showcase Europe’s diverse cultural heritage. According to Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, all 29 projects selected for funding will help to build bridges between people from all backgrounds and reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space, which is one of the key goals of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

In Finland, the search is now underway for both Finnish and Swedish language schools (approximately four schools in total) to participate in the project. Apply now by sending a message to ira.vihrealehto@kulttuuriperintokasvatus.fi

For more information on the project, please contact:

Ira Vihreälehto, executive director, The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland, tel. +358 (0)50 338 1743 

Bulletin on The Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland’s website on 25 May 2018 https://www.kulttuuriperintoka...

News post on the Finnish National Agency for Education’s website on 25 May 2018:http://www.cimo.fi/ajankohtais...

The European Commission’s press release 25 May 2018: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-r...

More information on the Creative Europe programme is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/programme...