Relevant finished or on going projects
2018 – 2021
HERITAGE-PRO – Interdisciplinary Training for Professionals of Different Disciplines Towards Sustainable Management and Preservation of Cultural Heritage
HERITAGE-PRO project is an essential contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and beyond. Main objective is to upgrade the interdisciplinary competences of the workforce of heritage managers all over Europe in order to better valorize on expertise from different disciplines relevant for cultural heritage preservation.
Cultural heritage management all over Europe is done in silos of knowledge as the disciplines are neither trained nor experienced to cooperate in a pre-defined and professional way. Formal education of art historians, restorers, conservators, craftsmen and cultural managers neglects skills that are essential in their professional life for successful and cost-efficient preservation activities. They are trained as specialists in their field but never learn how to organise interdisciplinary knowledge and base preservation decisions on that. The challenge is how to bring these different disciplines, expertise, expectations and visions cooperatively together in order to avoid future repairs or a restricted use of a heritage site.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop an interdisciplinary training approach based on professional disciplines as well as social skills. A special need has risen during the last years by finding professional mechanisms for involving volunteers in the most satisfying way for them as well as for professionals.
This project has 4 objectives:
1. Developing a multilingual training scheme that takes place parallel to work with a transdisciplinary approach including all disciplines necessary for the successful management of preservation activities at heritage sites;
2. Developing multilingual guidelines for heritage managers in order to give them support through challenging preservation processes;
3. Developing a multi-lingual training kit for easy uptake of the trainings scheme and make it accessible in the most efficient way;
4. Organising and implementing a training camp for future heritage managers as well as young craftspeople in the heritage preservation subject in European countries (young people at their career start e.g. at the end or shortly after formal education).
Direct target groups are heritage professionals, e.g. those who are responsible in the field of cultural heritage preservation such as site managers and professionals included in preservation tasks (architects, archaeologists, conservators, curators, art historians).
Indirect target groups are craftspeople working at heritage sites (installers, carpenters, masons), administrators and policymakers (government officials engaged in public agencies, who are involved in the planning process of heritage at local, regional and national level, politicians with a mandate for cultural heritage), urban and regional planning specialists, members of EU, national, regional and local non-governmental organizations and private sector, which are engaged in the field of heritage preservation and sustainable management, young people in formal education for cultural management, e.g. at universities in different disciplines, people in master craftsmen education, locals / volunteers e.g. in “circles of heritage friends”.
HERITAGE-PRO is implemented by a high-class partnership of six European institutions, companies and networks from Germany, Spain, Austria, Sweden and Belgium, all active in vocational training for the preservation of cultural heritage. They develop cooperatively a vocational training scheme that closes the gap of interdisciplinary training in the field.
2017 – 2020
The fact that Palermo will be the Italian Capital of Culture 2018 serves as focal point for this ERASMUS+-Strategic Partnership. The D-CULT project will contribute a constructive approach to migration in Europe. It will develop an innovative model for cultural integration of adult immigrants by bringing them to “re-build” European cultural heritage using digital communication techniques and tools.
The overall objective is to facilitate the cultural integration of new European citizens, i.e. refugees and immigrants and to increase their understanding of European history and culture and, at the same time, their communication and IT competences. The specific objectives are to develop, among others,
- the modular D-CULT Toolkit for new European citizens which encourages, motivates and teaches how to collect or produce cultural objects related to the history and culture of their new living environment in digital formats (text, picture, video etc.) and to exhibit them in a Virtual Museum. The contents will be available in the languages of the partnership with additional explanations in Arabic and Pashtun in printed form, on the Internet and as mobile applications;
- the D-CULT Curriculum for adult education trainers with indications about the didactic design and operation of such measures;
- the D-CULT Virtual Museum, which provides the IT infrastructure and IT platform to accept and exhibit the objectives that have been produced by the “artists”, i.e. the new European citizens in their cultural integration action. The Virtual Museum will support their better understanding of our European past, reduce cultural clashes and support them to understand and accept our European values;
- the D-CULT Handbook which will summarize and describe the findings of the first implementations of this new social and cultural integration action in five different European states, and shows how to transfer the D-CULT Concept into other environments. This Handbook is intended to have positive impact on the integration activities in all other European countries which are also affected by the current migration and refugee situation.
2016 – 2018
The overall objective of the ValCoVol strategic partnership is to provide an overview about projects, initiatives and methods for the validation of non-formal and informal learning, through volunteering, and to identify instruments, models, and schemes which validate and clearly identify the key competences that have been gained by volunteers.
In order to reach the objectives, the following activities and results are foreseen:
- to implement an e-platform with access to initiatives and learning information materials that have been identified and collected in the course of the project, especially concerning successful models and best practice concepts for the validation of key competences acquired during volunteering and systems of recognition of competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning;
- to implement an online interactive forum for networking, exchange of experience and good practice that makes use of Skype’sreal-time translation in 8 spoken and 50 written languages, thus breaking down language barriers between users from different countries, and supporting ideas, foster exchange and assist initiatives that contribute to the European society as a whole;
- to summarize the findings in a “White Book for recognition of competences acquired through volunteering” that will give an overview about the current situation of the specific project environment in the partners’ countries, and present the initiatives, projects and materials with explanations in all languages of the partnership;
- to develop an easily adaptable template (“Key Competences Template”) for volunteer organisations to identify competences of volunteers rather than describe volunteer work. This template will give employers meaningful information on competences of job applicants gained in voluntary wor
Our target groups and beneficiaries:
- volunteers who need a meaningful document about their expertise for entering the paid employment market
- organisations which work with volunteers and have to issue certificates on their activities
- employers who want to learn what kind of expertise job applicants have gained in voluntary environments and tasks
ValCoVol is implemented by an experienced partnership of six VET providers, non-profit organisations with a high number of volunteers, and organisations with access to employers’ associations and employment agencies. They comprise expertise and experiences from Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Italy and the Czech Republic.
2016 – 2018
People working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are often faced with tensions within and between groups of refugees. In some cases, they are faced with radicalization signals. The Prevent project focuses on best practices implemented in Europe to prepare humanitarian workers to address these issues.
The overall objective is to equip public people working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants with skills and competences
- to deal with (intercultural) tensions between diverse groups of their clients
- to detect indicators among their clients/learners who are at at risk of extremism, including the risk of being drawn into terrorism, either directly or through the radicalisation of family dependents
- to identify which is the best way to build resilience to radicalisation
- to recognise and respond to increased concerns about extremism and discrimination, e.g. racism, islamophobia, anti-Semitism,which refugees and many settled migrants face
- to reduce racism and xenophobia in the society.
2015 – 2017
For a critical minority of young people, adolescence is a time when serious problems emerge or earlier difficulties escalate. They may have difficulties at school, lack good role models or the resilience to deal with new pressures. They may be confronted with alienation from and experience discrimimation and open or hidden racism. Since they do not see positive perspectives, a rising number is attracted by extremist ideologies, such as Neo-Nazi groups or the „Islamic State“.
The people best placed to tackle the phenomenon of radicalisation are people in direct contact with targeted individuals or vulnerable groups of population.“ We must help young people to stay on track – by improving the support and opportunities available. Young people who are experiencing difficulties need counselling that is based on a holistic approach.
The overall objectives are to collect and develop evidence-based approaches and models that show how to
- make youth counselling services more attractive and relevant for vulnerable young people on their way into adulthood and to contribute to de-radicalisation.
- counteract the negative effects of alienation that occurs frequently to adolescents and which often leads to social
- disenfranchisement, thus preparing the path to join groups offering extreme ideologies, be it Neo-Nazi, the Islamic State or other terrorist movements
- find answers to the recent phenomen of radicalisation of young men and women, of European and other origins, who join in raising numbers jihadist organisations
- ensure that their needs are also identified early and met by youth counsellores working together effectively – in ways that include the views and experiences of young people themselves
- strengthen the influence of vulnerable young people, and their families and communities, and their ability to bring about positive change
- explain and justify the need to make a paradigmatic shift from the “medical model” – which is still prevailing in many European
- countries in youth counselling – to the “social model
- ensure that vulnerable young people receive a personalised package of support, information, advice and guidance, and learning and development opportunities, with support for their parents if needed
The main products will be:
Guidelines, a framework for counsellors to inform about targeted youth support to help vulnerable young people early to address their dfficulties as soon as possible and to prevent their problems escalating, in order to prevent them from being drawn to into antisocial behaviour, crime or joining terrorist organisations and movements Best Practice Toolbox, offering a modular range of awareness raising, training and demonstration materials for youth counsellors, trainers as well as other professionals working in the field of youth counselling, based on latest positive psychology research findings, particularly the use of new didactic tools combating problems such as radicalisation Online Platform and Mobile Applications, supporting the delivery of the all outputs of the project and providing new means of interaction between learners and trainers, as it supports electronic management, storage and presentation of materials, transcending limitations of space and time and creating the necessary conditions for a dynamic teaching environment.
2015 – 2018
EUROPETOUR project aims at improving the professional qualification of actors in the cultural tourism market of rural areas in 8 European countries by qualifying staff and local stakeholders in creating attractive offers and in using social media marketing. It equally targets actors from tourism as well as culture and strives in a holistic and integrative approach to include all relevant actors and unlock the economic potential for their business opportunities. The 10 EUROPETOUR partners from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Poland and Spain represent culture, tourism, training providers, local and regional authorities, business developers and cultural touristic networks. They will directly reach 3.000 stakeholders by their networks and in 10 multiplier events. They will train them in the development of cultural-touristic offers and the business-oriented use of social media in the marketing of cultural tourism. EUROPETOUR offers the potential of reaching 9.554.300 culturally interested visitors to six European regions.
At the core of the project are 4 cultural touristic European networks in Germany (Baden-Württemberg), Poland (in the border region of Brandenburg and Zachodniopomorskie), Romania (Bucovina) and Austria. They will analyze their experiences, pull strategies and target audiences and define their training needs for creating appealing cultural touristic offers for visitors to their regions.
A multi-lingual training module for staff of culture and tourism institutions will be developed. Two more European regions will be included: Marche/Italy and Cantabria/Spain. Culture and tourism will be brought together in a tourism market orientated way. Recommendations for the professional use of social media will be condensed in a guidance document and communicated to culture and tourism institutions on national and European level.
Cultural-touristic offerors in rural areas often use insufficient marketing tools which do not include the European approach, although the added value in terms of economic benefit is considered as an attractive option. Substantial and sector-specific qualification is needed as precondition for unlocking the full economic potential of cultural tourism. As a EUROPETOUR result 40 connected cultural touristic offers along cultural and creative topics will be created. They will connect the regions by ushering visitors from one region to the other. Via the partnership and the included networks an outreach to 16 European countries is foreseen.
2014 – 2016
QUALIGUIDE is a mobility project within the European ERASMUS+ funding scheme. The staff of Association Culture & Work can apply for qualification courses and other offers at European education providers in the fields of cultural economy, cultural tourism, social media applications and more. The scheme offers a unique chance to acquire relevant knowledge, which is not yet available in the association.
2012 – 2013: sub-contractor in the European project
LIMES – Large Scale Innovative and Mobile European Services for Culture Tourism in Rural Areas
The Roman limes is the only European cultural heritage which binds together ten European countries since antiquity: From the North-West in the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Serbia to the South East in Bulgaria it is a unique monument for many regions and partly already nominated UNESCO world heritage. Only a small part of the limes is accessible at the moment as the former fortification leads through rural regions which are not fully developed for tourism yet.
Therefore the main objectives of the LIMES project are
- to develop innovative mobile services along the limes which support information brokering, travel mobility and additional services for visitors as well as local people,
- to network touristic sites along the limes in all respective countries via these services,
- to support established as well as new businesses along the limes route,
- to create income and new jobs for rural areas,
- to make the European identity and the common European history visible and perceptible for visitors all over the world.
The partnership from Germany, Austria and Bulgaria focuses on the technical development of mobile services as a source for regional development and the creation of new, innovative value chains for the touristic sector in all countries.
- coordinator: Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz mbH, Mainz
2010 – 2013: partner in the European project
MEMORI – Measurement, Effect Assessment and Mitigation of pollutant Impact on movable cultural assets – Innovative research for market transfer
To provide the conservation market with innovative measurement technology, improved pollution effects knowledge and evaluation and control methods for the reduction of gaseous pollutant impact on movable cultural assets, – also facing increased use of protection measures, such as enclosures for movable cultural assets located indoors in new or rebuilt cultural heritage buildings, to satisfy demands for energy saving to mitigate climate change.
ACW was the responsible partner for market transfer activities and was also included in dissemination activities.
- short information on the MEMORI product and the objectives of the project
- MEMORI brochure
- More: www.memori-project.eu
2010 – 2012:
EVoCH – ECONOMIC VALUE OF EUROPEAN CULTURAL HERITAGE
The main idea of the project is the creation of a European Network and Observatory for the study and promotion of the Economic Value of the European Cultural Heritage.
The main objective of this European Network and Observatory is to create a European wide body of study, analysis and dissemination of the Economic Value of Cultural Heritage, as well as a common place for sharing a high quality knowledge and experience, with the added value of exchanging expertise and different approaches and stimulating cooperation within Europe.
More about EVoCH
2010 – 2012:
Fashion Talk is a so called “learning partnership” of the EU GRUNDVIG programme
- “Fashion plays an extremely important role in the lives of most juveniles and young adults. Peer groups create an intrinsic net of open or hidden requirements for the individual, and only persons with a high self-esteem and self-conscience dare to negate the dictate of fashion. For low income persons, the inability to equip oneself with all the “must have” very often leads to frustration and to a feeling of inferiority.
- Because of the omnipresence of fashion, and the social importance connected with it, “fashion” could therefore be used in the educational sector as an ideal vehicle to convey knowledge about, and competences for the world in which we have to live and to work. “Fashion talk” means a horizontal educational activity that combines young adults’ passion for fashion with important information about issues which help them to become conscious, socially, economically and environmentally responsible European citizens.
- The partnership will organise study visits in the countries of the partnership to investigate different models and approaches. It will put together staff members and learners from different European countries with the aim to communicate and to reflect fashion aspects at their personal levels, the level of the respective peer groups and in the context of globalisation.”
- Fashion Talk Blog
- Fashion Talk Flyer
2009 – 2011:
coordinator of a cultural economy project funded by the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the city of Altenkirchen, Title: „Identifizierung der Potenziale neuer Informationstechnologien bei der Generierung ökonomischer Effekte für die Kulturwirtschaft“ (”Identification of the potentials of new information technologies for generating economic effects for cultural economy) More
2009 – 2010:
sub contractor in the WISAWI-project of the city of Mannheim, an ESF-project which qualifies scientists from the humanities for the working market in culture; ACW developed a working field in cultural heritage (”small museums in rural areas”) together with the scientists
coordinator of two studies on the economic potential of the German city of Altenkichen together with the Technical University of Vienna (results published in our “Studien” section) ; the studies were the first Germany wide which identified the cultural economic potential for small cities in rural areas
five seminars were offered (partly together with the International Centre for Cultural Heritage Research and Protection at Bronnbach Monastery, Germany) for target groups from cultural heritage, cultural entrepreneurs, culture tourism and municipalities on different topics for identifying and fostering economic effects in culture and cultural heritage
2009 – 2011
partner in the LEONARDO – Lifeling Learning Project ”StopDropOut” (coordinator Austrian ”Verein Blickpunkt Identität”, Unterrohrbach-Vienna), an employment project for young grown-ups
2009 – 2010:
Organization of 6 events in Rhineland-Palatinate for municipalities, economy and cultural workers for communicating cultural economic strategies (together with Zukunftsinitiative Rheinland-Pfalz (www.zirp.de)
Implementation of a nationally funded employment market project for special schools in order to support the employability of cultural workers (especially artists) in schools with children with higher foster demands
Implementation of the workshop “From Research to Sustainable Exploitation – How to Benefit Economically from Research Results in Cultural Heritage” at the 8th European Conference on Research for Protection, Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage
2008 – 2013:
Development and implementation of a sustainability strategy in economic terms for 2 cultural heritage projects of the German Bundesland Rhineland-Palatinate: ACW accompanied these project for 6 years in order to identify and install cultural economic effects; contracting bodies: a German municipality (Bad Kreuznach) and the Protestant Church of Hessen-Nassau
Inclusion in relevant networks
ACW has initiated three networks: the AKULTOUR.net, the vertikult-network and the TRANSFER-network.
- The AKULTOUR.net is a network in cultural tourisms which started working in 2009 and aims at building a sustainable infrastructure for cultural-touristic activities in the Westerwald region (between Cologne and Frankfurt/Main).
- The vertikult-network includes 20 research and application institutions in Germany, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Great Britain and Italy with the aim of bringing together expertise in fostering employability in culture.
- TRANSFER is an independent network of researchers, project developers and entrepreneurs of the cultural heritage (CH) sector. It was founded in 2008 at the 8th European Conference on Research for Protection, Conservation and Enhance-ment of Cultural Heritage. The network fosters the sustainable exploitation of CH research results by disseminating relevant information.
Market transfer and employment aspects are of special interest.
All interested parties are welcome to join the networks, which are hosted by the Association Culture & Work.
ACW is also included in the MEDICI-network (www.medicif.org), a European Commission Cooperation Framework, hosted by the Politecnico di Milano (Prof. Alfredo Ronchi). The network aims at fostering multimedia access to Cultural Heritage