Heritage and Interculture

ISMU Foundation
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
Heritage and Interculture is an on-line resource created by Fondazione ISMU (Initiatives and Studies on Multiethnicity) with a view to supporting all those professionals who are engaged not only in the promotion of immigrants’ cultural participation, but also and above all in the development of diverse and inclusive “heritage communities”. Through the dissemination of good practices, resources and tools, the website aims at providing as wide/interdisciplinary a community of practice as possible (e.g. museum, library and archive professionals, educators, anthropologists, mediators, artists investigating the relationship between past and contemporary, tangible and intangible cultural heritage) with opportunities for mutual learning, debate and exchange. At the heart of the work there is a dynamic, dialogical notion of “heritage” as a cultural wealth, both tangible and intangible, that should not only be preserved and passed on to the next generation, but also renegotiated, reconstructed in its meanings, constantly questioned and rediscovered by individuals who breathe new life into it. The website is an integral part of a long-term programme launched by Fondazione ISMU with the following goals: • to investigate how heritage institutions, which have traditionally been used to exclude those who “don’t belong”, can realistically become a resource not only in promoting understanding, mutual learning and exchange between individuals and groups with different cultural backgrounds, but also and especially in creating diverse and inclusive “heritage communities” • to foster a greater appreciation of “intercultural heritage education” as a strategic component of lifelong learning and active citizenship • to explore innovative methodologies and tools for the planning and evaluation of intercultural heritage education activities jointly developed by partners working in different institutional/professional contexts (museums, libraries and archives, schools and adult learning agencies, universities and research centres, local authorities, community organisations, cultural mediators, contemporary artists…) • to provide operators with guidelines and operational paradigms to promote interaction across different audiences • to disseminate good practices in Italian museums and heritage institutions.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
Along with the website, the Heritage and Interculture programme also includes: Education projects/workshops designed and run in partnership with museum institutions • Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan | “Our time through the Seven Heavenly Palaces” workshop, 2019 • Affori Library, Milan | “The written word as a space of encounter” workshop, 2018 • MUDEC – Museum of Cultures, Milan | “From the museum to the city streets: a round trip” workshop, 2017; “Riprendi-ti al MUDEC” project, 2016 • MUST – Museum of Vimercate’s Territory | “MUST REC YOUR ART” project, 2016 • “Adriano Bernareggi” Museum, Bergamo | “Action! Tell me a story about MAB”, 2016 The training courses are aimed at bringing together professionals working in different contexts (museum, library and archive professionals, educators, anthropologists, mediators, NGO operators, contemporary artists…), so as to tap into a diverse range of perspectives, expertise and competencies; providing operators with a common conceptual framework and language (e.g. a dialogical vision of “heritage”); helping them rethink inter-institutional partnerships as a shared commitment and strategy, rather than as an occasional encounter; developing ad-hoc tools to ensure coherence, continuity and institutional change/progression; promoting the active involvement of target groups by generating new, inclusive and shared meanings around heritage.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Visual Arts
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