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. 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.
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. For the optional field trip we charge an excursion fee of 40 EUR (excl. VAT).
start: Tuesday 22 May, 10:00
end: Wednesday 23 May, 19:00
optional field trip: Thursday 24 May
Programme is available for download at the bottom of this page!
Day 1 // May 22
10:00 – 10:30 Kick-off at Museum “Jews in Latvia”
10:30 – 11:30 Museum visit with Ilya Lensky and Marina Gehta
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 14:00 City walk “Jewish Riga” with Ilya Lensky
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch break
15:00 – 16:00 Visit to the Riga Synagogue
16:30 – 18:00 Museum visit to Zanis Lipke Memorial and discussion with Lolita Tomsone
19:00 Optional group dinner
Day 2 // May 23
10:00 – 11:00 Project presentations A Recipe for Muranów (Ewa Chomicka, POLIN) and My Faith and Me (Lisa Shames, London)
11:00 – 12:30 Museum visit and meeting with educators at the National History Museum of Latvia, with Toms Kikuts
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Meeting at Ziedonis Museum, with Dace Zarina
16:00 – 17:30 Meeting at Latvian National Museum of Art, with Elina Berzina
17:30 – 18:30 Wrap up and discussion at LNMA
20:00 Optional group dinner
Day 3 // May 24 (optional)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at “Latgales Gors”
13:00 – 14:30 Visit Rēzekne Green Synagogue
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 – 16:30 City walk “Jewish Rēzekne”
ca. 20:00 back to Riga
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!