Riga // Latvia
This spring, the AEJM initiates a study visit to Riga (Latvia) for its network of museum educators. During two days, we will look into community engagement for museums and also explore Jewish heritage in the city, including special visits to the Museum “Jews in Latvia” and the Zanis Lipke Memorial, the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Ziedonis Museum. The third – optional – day is a field trip outside Riga, with a visit to the Green Synagogue project in Rezekne. The study visit is organized in cooperation with Think Thank Creative Museum and has been awarded the label of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
start: Tuesday 22 May, 10:00
end: Wednesday 23 May, 19:00
optional field trip: Thursday 24 May
The Riga study visit is open for museum educators working at Jewish museums in Europe. Participation for representatives of AEJM member institutions is free of charge. If you wish to attend, but your museum institution is not a member of the AEJM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the optional field trip we charge an excursion fee of 40 EUR (excl. VAT).
Register before April 15!
Did you recently develop an interesting educational project with a focus on community engagement? Did you for example involve the direct neighbors of your museum in the co-creation of a programme or did you develop a project together with other religious groups? Selected projects will be invited for a project presentation in Riga. You can already submit your proposal by filling out the special field on the registration form.
What is Community Engagement?
According to the British Museums Association “working with non-museums partners is essential for reaching wider audiences and offering new experiences.” On its Collections Learning Hub, the Museums Association mainly refers to projects focused on improving accessibility of collections, making them “more usable and more accessible to the public, giving communities a stake in collections”.
In The Participatory Museum museologist Nina Simon refers to a broader approach. According to Simon “co-creative projects originate in partnership with participants rather than based solely on institutional goals. […] The result is a project that is truly co-owned by institutional and community partners. She defines 3 main reasons why cultural institutions could start or engage in co-creative projects:
- To give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members
- To provide a place for community engagement and dialogue
- To help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals
Read up on The Participatory Museum here!